Sarah moved from Fresno to Seattle in 2011 in order to meet her father for the first time. She then secured a job at a salmon cannery in Alaska, and after a couple of months of hard work, returned to Seattle to stay with her father. She lived with him for several years before moving out on her own.

This past August, Sarah had a mental health breakdown, which resulted in losing both her job and apartment. She went to a women’s shelter in downtown Seattle, but didn’t feel welcome there. “As a transgender woman, it has been my experience that most shelter environments are hostile to transgender people,” Sarah said. “I wish everyone knew how inclusive Elizabeth Gregory Home is. They provide a good, safe place for trans women and all women alike.”

Sarah met another transgender woman at EGH who invited Sarah to join her in living with three other transgender women in a home in the University District. Once settled in, Sarah decided to join her new roommates as a volunteer at the EGH Day Center.

“I’ve made friends here at EGH and it has given me a positive place to take advantage of services, as well as volunteer,” said Sarah. She hopes to attend college and pursue a degree in psychology.

Update: Sarah now has her own apartment and is making plans for the future.

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