Success Stories

Ryan's Story

Ryan After being severely injured in Iraq in 2006 by an improvised explosive device, Ryan, a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army, has had to learn to do many things all over again. 

“Before… I was very physically active, playing multiple sports – including swimming, white water rafting, football, wrestling and basketball,” Ryan says. His injuries, however, made it difficult to continue these activities.

Mariam's Story

MariamRaised in an impoverished village in Armenia, Mariam has hardly left her home in nearly 20 years. Confined to a wheel chair because of her cerebral palsy, Mariam never went to school or learned to read and write. She spent her days sitting outside, looking for children to talk to as they passed by and inviting them to play.

Patricia's Story

builders Imagine being homeless for over 10 years, gradually losing hope of having your own home. That was Patricia’s life until very recently – switching back and forth between a homeless shelter and the streets, year after year.

Marie's Story

marie Just two months after burying her mother, Marie lost her fiancé as well. They were together for 10 years and had a three-year old daughter and a son on the way. Marie soon lost her job due to a contract loss, and then her apartment too. Her stable life quickly began to unravel. Marie turned to her grandmother, who raised her, for a temporary place to stay.