Struggling single parent Sarah turned to us for help when she lost her home.
Sarah moved into Catherine Booth House in Portsmouth with her two sons in September 2013 after her home was condemned.
Before that she had lived in a women’s refuge.
She said: “The people at Catherine Booth House are great. They helped me work with my son, who has behavioural issues, and he has improved an awful lot. If my son lost his temper they would support me and make sure my little one was safe and looked after.
“My oldest boy would scream and shout at the top of his voice – but now he has improved a lot. They have helped me teach him that there are boundaries and consequences.
“He knows I mean no when I say no. I am soon to have my nine-year-old daughter come and live with us here.
“The kids love it here – they say they don’t want to move. There is support there if you need it but also independence.
“I am now looking forward to moving out of Catherine Booth House and getting my own place in supported housing.”
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