I need a chance.

Poverello Center in Missoula, Montana - Jennifer

Jennifer, 30

The daughter of a logger, Jennifer grew up in Oregon, Idaho, and northwestern Montana:

“The mountains are my home. The closer I get to the mountains, the better off I am.”

Jennifer came to Missoula after losing her job and her home, and in order to escape a verbally and emotionally abusive marriage. With no money and no place to go, Jennifer became homeless. With her five children (ages ranging eleven-years-old to just over a year) staying with relatives in Washington, Jennifer is now working on getting her life back together:

“[I need] a chance to get myself back on my feet, get the kids home, get the divorce done; get everything done.”

Since staying at the Poverello Center, Jennifer has run into a lot of people she knows from her past; old friends and distant relatives:

“It’s really odd to run into a lot of these people; I always believe that the Lord’s at work in mysterious ways.”

Jennifer’s voice: I wish… “Eventually I would like to be working again. [Have] a decent home; a safe home for me and my children. I want to go back to college and get my degree in business management and open my own restaurant.”

I look forward to… “Basically, being stable and on my own again. Working, having my kids back, having a house again.”

My favorite thing about the Poverello Center is… “It’s quite comical around here [at times]. This place gets really entertaining. Lots of stories. Being thirteen and having to raise my brothers and my sisters. Having to work three jobs. I’ve done the best I could. If I would have stayed in school and had better resources when I was growing up, I would not be in this predicament right now.”