She and her husband had built a successful sewing business. When he passed, she could not keep up with the orders, and lost the business. Then she lost her home.
Staff worked with her to create a plan to rebuild her business and get back on her feet. While staying in the Women’s Inn, she searched for jobs and found one with a company that makes pillows and curtains. She was thrilled, as it fit with her passion as a seamstress.
Building up her savings for first/last month’s rent and the security deposit, Francisca started looking for an apartment. She found a place in Quincy that fit her work commute. Pine Street's Housing program paid a portion of her rent for three months while Francisca saved money to re-establish her sewing business. Three months later, Francisca had purchased the tools she needed.
Francisca expresses her gratitude for Pine Street:
"You helped me start my life over. I can't thank you enough."