Theresa discovered the EGH Day Center while staying at the overnight shelter in University Lutheran Church. She immediately pitched in and volunteered for cooking, cleaning and helping other clients. When we had an opening in our transitional housing program, she was a natural choice. Theresa always had a passion for cooking, yet her skills were not fully marketable in the workplace.
While at EGH, Theresa applied for and was accepted at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts.
EGH staff helped her get an Older Women’s League grant, which paid a portion of her tuition. Theresa graduated from the program with a 4.0 GPA and perfect attendance. She used her training to find work cooking for two sororities in the University District and also to work on-call at a local retirement facility.
Theresa was able to move out of EGH and into housing in Federal Way, where she is helping to remodel an old friend’s home. Theresa now cherishes time spent with her daughters and grandchildren, as well as knowing that EGH will continue to support her during her transition out of homelessness.