When Rebecca DeLauer lost her job a month ago, she had nowhere to turn. She was worried about finding a way to make enough money to survive.
The situation was dire.
DeLauer spent about six days on the streets of Tucson before women from Sister Jose Women’s Center found her. The center, whose motto is “sisters helping sisters,” lets homeless women look for permanent housing and jobs.
“Luckily some of the women from Sister Jose found me and took care of me, and if it hadn’t been for that, I could be dead right now,” DeLauer said.
Now, DeLauer benefits from a work program at Sister Jose’s. The program is made possible by the Tucson Change Movement, one of the three Arizona entities, including Maricopa County, that uses revenue from parking meters to fund programs for the homeless community.