Working in the gas industry, City of Houston, the NAACP Houston Branch and the Houston Independent School District has been interesting and rewarding.
A series of events led to my experiencing of fragmentation in my life. My former church heard my cry and gave me a helping hand which included introducing me to the Knowles-Temenos Place Apartments. I have been a resident since March 1, 2010.
Participation in the wonderful supportive services has been invaluable to my restoration. I have received four certificates through the Houston Community College continuing education on line program: A to Z Grant Writing, Advanced Grant Proposal Writing, Performing Payroll in QuickBooks and Publish It yourself: How to Start and Operate Your Own Publishing Company.
These courses are part of my preparation for my vision of a non-profit which will include motivational speaking and the publishing of faith based material.
Living in truth and in spirit as a daughter of the Most High God speaking daily to the queen in me has inspired me to work on being the best I can be.
I thank the One and Only Living God for the resources to live in this great environment near my new church home centrally located in downtown Houston.
This woman is healing, gainfully employed, facilitating a support group for women at Temenos, working on several literary projects and enjoying a fruitful and joyful life.
My Lord smiled on me April 22, 2011 with residency at the Knowles-Temenos Place Apartments. In this nurturing, friendly environment my goals are materializing.
Since I have been working with children most of my adult life, receiving my Director’s License for Day Care on July 25, 2011 is a major accomplishment.
Working with children is my passion. Everyday I look forward to introducing them to new information with love, integrity and discipline. These formative years are crucial to the person they will become and to their contribution to their family, community and the world.
I have set various goals including fulfillment of all financial obligations. In one year I hope to gain my Early Childhood Education training license to begin providing training classes on Saturdays. My ultimate goal is to receive my BA in education and become a day care consultant and child advocate in the field of education.
Houston is my birthplace but I was raised by my paternal grandmother in Eagle Lake, Texas. I was blessed to experience life in other states. When trials and tribulations became a heavy burden returning home became a reality in June 1999.
Life has revealed my favorite inspirational scripture, Isaiah 54:17 KJV – No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.
We always use this scripture for people who have wronged us or for situations that arise – no weapon formed. But this verse also applies to the enemy – the enemy (satan) has raised his tongue against us in judgment and we need not limit the weapons formed just by him. We form weapons against ourselves through bad thought patterns, belief in faulty systems, bad habits, and so on.
I am grateful for the environment and services of Temenos which enable me to keep a positive outlook on life giving me peace and joy.
I was born in Opelousas, Louisiana and was raised in Eldorado, Arkansas. Seeking better employment opportunities led me to Houston, TX in 2003.
Experiencing disability led me to search for affordable housing and social services which is what Temenos has offered to me since February 2010.
Better health allows me to become employable. This is why I am making plans to become certified as a private investigator.
Sustaining better health/wellness is my main objective. It is necessary for my ultimate goal of operating my own restaurant, providing the public with wholesome, tasty food in a stimulating, friendly environment.
I am grateful to Temenos for assisting me on my journey to self-sufficiency.
Immediately upon learning that these apartments were being constructed for those of modest income who wish to participate in supportive services leading them to self-sufficiency, I made up my mind to become a resident. My excitement level was high!
The prospect of my own apartment was exciting. The delay caused by Hurricane Ike made me anxious. I said to myself, when are they going to be completed. Finally, the day before Thanksgiving 2009, I moved into Temenos. What a day that was for me. The floors were not yet finished, the elevator was not working but that was OK with me. I happily carried my belongings upstairs and settled into my apartment. My very own place – all the necessities and privacy I need.
I am a living testimony to the power of prayer. I was born in Houston and raised by my Holy Ghost filled praying grandmother in Cuero, Texas. I moved to San Francisco in 1988 and lived there until 2008 making choices that contributed to a troublesome life and homelessness. During a moment of despair, my spirit cried out to the Lord and asked for deliverance. That kind of life, I no longer wanted. Thank God for a grandmother who did not stop praying for me while I was committed to an unproductive lifestyle. Having seen the light, I moved to Houston in 2008 and lived with relatives and friends.
Today I am a full time employee with Metro since May of 2011 after working part-time for two years.
Employment and a sound mind are crucial to the avoidance of homelessness. Experiencing wellness is also important ; wholeness in the physical, mental, spiritual and emotional.
My goals include ownership of my own vehicle for transportation and visiting the Vatican City in Rome, Italy.
This father of two sons and the oldest living male of his family is proof that it is not too late to start over at 52 years of age aspiring to live Romans 12:1, 2 (NIV) Therefore, I urge you brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. 2Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is –his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Since being laid off from what I considered a good job, quickly things began to spiral downward. House, car, and even reasonable living were not affordable, until Knowles-Temenos Place Apartments. As a new resident the safety of this facility is unmatched. I am most impressed with the design of the apartments and the appliances (my previous employment was in the design field) being of good quality.
To the staff: Thank you for always being “there”. Someone is available for us residents 24/7 and no matter whom or when you make a request, it is acted on professionally and cheerfully. I truly appreciate the privilege of living here.
Wanting to regain my life back and starting at a new beginning, I found hope. A place where I can rebuild myself and gain a foundation. Thanks to Knowles-Temenos Place Apartments’ staff and my family! I can work and maintain a job and housing. The housing helps provide me the opportunity to restore my life; having a purpose and goals and having faith. When I can walk in faith and strongly believe in myself and my higher power, that is my first step. I hope that my message can touch others. With the will and strength from me and others, you don’t have to give up. There are positive individuals that are around, you only have to ask for help. There is a vision to see and to keep me moving on forward.
Also, I would like to give thanks to staff and Residential Assistant Mark and Linana who has help to assist me. When ever, I have asked for assistance for locating a place for directions, they never hesitate to help me. Any information pertaining to organizations, rules, regulations etc., they always have made me feel at home. I appreciate the opportunity.