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Erin and Anna

Seven years ago, Erin had a dream. Her dream was an education that secured a brighter future for her and her daughter, Anna. When her employer wasn’t able to provide flexibility for her to attend classes, Erin knew it was time for a change. 

With an opportunity to attend Lane Community College, she jumped at the chance to move to Eugene. She secured housing, enrolled in classes and was excited at the life she was building.

Unfortunately, the housing she’d been counting on fell through and Erin found herself in a new town, homeless, with no car, and a toddler. Many people would have felt defeated and wanted to give up. Not Erin, she’s a fighter!

She knew her daughter was counting on her! Erin struggled to find a safe, stable home for Anna. Eventually, they moved into an affordable community that was a perfect fit. A community with other families and children the same age as Anna. A Cornerstone “Healthy Homes” community!

Erin was excited to enroll in Cornerstone’s Healthy Homes programs while daughter, Anna joined Active Kids, Summer Lunch, Cereal for Youth and other fun onsite activities offered such as Artie the Art Bus.

Since moving into her new home, can you guess what else Erin has accomplished? She finished school, secured a wonderful job, and is saving for a home. As a single mom, working full-time, she was driven to provide the best possible future for her young daughter. That future included her own continued education and her drive to be a strong role model for Anna.

For Erin, the positive force of community empowered her successful attitude and outcome! We asked Erin how she was able to keep moving forward during these tough times and she said, “Just when you feel like there is no one in your corner, in places that you least expect, there are people waiting to help you.”

Rebecca, JJ & Jessica

It’s not a secret that family transition can bring unwanted stress. Even joyous events like the birth of a new baby can bring uncertainty, worry, and anxiety, especially for siblings. In fact, that’s exactly what happened with six-year-old JJ.

JJ was thrilled that he was going to be a big brother, but as the birth of his baby sister neared, he began to exhibit some frustrating behaviors. His mom, Rebecca, noticed he was having trouble following rules and lacked the concentration to complete many of the tasks that before posed no problem.

That’s when our Family Resource Navigator, Iris Bicklser, got creative with JJ’s mom to find a solution. They decided that striking a few yoga poses and learning to manage frustration with breathing techniques might be the answer.

Because of a unique partnership between Cornerstone and Eugene Yoga, Rebecca and JJ received a generous scholarship and were able to take part in Yoga Play classes together. In just a few short months, JJ’s mom reported that her son had made a “total turnaround!”

He was using new techniques to manage his actions and emotions, his academic work improved, and when baby Jessica arrived he was calm, cool, and collected!

Thank you, Diane Butera and Eugene Yoga for caring so deeply for our community. When nonprofits and local businesses partner, FAMILIES SUCCEED.

Want to know more about Healthy Homes and Cornerstone Community Housing? Contact us today to arrange a tour. We’d love to show you what our partners are helping us accomplish in Lane County.

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