Real Stories

Discover how your support changes lives.

Read our guests’ stories and you may discover that the homeless aren’t exactly who you thought they were.

They are mothers. Fathers. Sisters and brothers. Aunts. Uncles. Grandfathers. Grandmothers. Daughters and sons. They are young. Old. High-school dropouts. College students. Veterans. And from every race and every walk of life.

They arrived at Cherry Street, hopeless and homeless, sometimes through circumstances most of us can’t imagine, but often for reasons we can imagine all too well. An extended illness that racks up insurmountable debt. A sudden cutback at work that leaves them jobless without warning. The loss of a spouse or child that rocks their world off its foundation.

But thanks to Cherry Street donors and volunteers, they have the opportunity to rebuild their lives.

Kary Jo’s Story

Our Head Chef, Kary Jo, talks about the power of God and how small requests can make a BIG difference.

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Teresa’s Story

“Because [Cherry Street] changed my mom’s life, I want to be…a blessing to everybody else here.”

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Jeffrey’s Story

Jeffrey came to us because he lost his job. With your help, he’s got a bright future ahead of him.

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Faith’s Story

“I might not be where I want to be in life, but I’m getting there. I am getting healthier and I have meet some of the nicest people at the Sparrow’s Nest.”

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Amber’s Story

“The people at Cherry Street respect me as an individual and aren’t judging me because I like to be different.”

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Walt’s Story

“It makes a difference. The staff and coaches are here to motivate you and will help you - if you want it.”

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Kary Jo’s Story

Our Head Chef, Kary Jo, talks about the power of God and how small requests can make a BIG difference.

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