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.

Sherri’s Story

Sherri had a heart attack. She had no one to turn to. She felt no one would know, (let alone care), if she was dead or alive.

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Lisa’s Story

If it weren’t for all of you in Cherry Street Mission and Sparrow’s Nest, I don’t know where I’d be.

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Troy’s Story

Troy suffered short term memory loss, lost his job, and his housing. He had nowhere to turn.

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Ralph’s Story

To me, Cherry Street is a very helpful place. If you are homeless, and you want to make a change, Cherry Street can help you. But you have got to be willing and ready to change.

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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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Sherri’s Story

Sherri had a heart attack. She had no one to turn to. She felt no one would know, (let alone care), if she was dead or alive.

Read More