Mary’s Story

Mary experienced homelessness many times since she was diagnosed with depression over thirty years ago. She later developed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after being assaulted in shelters and living on the street.

When Mary learned about Touchstone’s program at Minnehaha Commons, she was skeptical. She worked with other agencies that offered housing, but nothing worked out for her.

Over time, Mary began to trust Touchstone staff and began the process of gathering documents needed for a lease. “I went for a tour and was excited to see the apartments had kitchens. I knew this was the right place for me”, said Mary. “I love to cook and sharing food with family and friends is important to me.”

Mary has lived in her apartment for eleven months and says she is grateful for her home and the support she receives from Touchstone staff. “This is my Queendom. It’s peaceful and I love it here,” she says. “Now I’m somebody and I’m a success story.”