Amy’s Story








July 20th, 2020


Where did you grow up and what did you like about your home town?

Amy was born and raised in Tallahassee, living here her entire life. Amy has no desire to move anywhere else, Tallahassee is home. Amy grew up with both parents in the home, and her father was a captain with TPD. Both of Amy’s parents are now deceased.

Do you have any brothers, sisters or children? If so, tell us about them.

Amy has three sisters, one of whom is deceased.  The other two sisters also live in Tallahassee.  The siblings each have their own lives.  Amy does not have contact with her two living sisters.

What would constitute a perfect day for you?

A perfect day would be the day I can walk into my own home and I am stable.

Do you have any goals you would like to achieve in the short term, long term, or both?

Amy’s goal is to remain not homeless.  She likes where she is currently living, even though the apartment is shared with three other ladies.  Fortunately, this group of women all get along and respect each other’s privacy.  She finally received survivor’s disability income from SSA, after the death of her husband.  She is also currently looking to supplement this income with part-time employment.

What is your most treasured memory?

Amy’s most treasured memory is any of the days her husband was alive.  Amy’s memories of her married life still bring tears.  His death also lead to her homelessness.  Amy worked with her husband in his independently owned business.  The business was unable to continue after his sickness and death.  The total lack of income lead to eviction in the midst of immense grief.

What is your greatest accomplishment in life?

Amy’s greatest accomplishment was “getting back on her feet” after her husband’s death. Amy spent several years at The Kearney Center while diligently trying to work on obtaining an income and overcoming mental health trauma. The fact that she is able to work part-time and considers life worth living again is an amazing accomplishment. Amy is content in her current housing and desperately wants to remain that way.

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