First Steps At The Shelter..​

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Round of applause for these HEROES! My friends and clients Steve and Stephanie Allen helped a homeless mother and her child (see story below) find a place of belonging through their Issaquah home purchase and Chapman Homes partnership with Family Promise!

Introducing Karen and Elliot:

How did you first come to

Open Doors Family Shelter?

"I remember I was terrified my first

night and I called Open Doors and I got a staff person on the phone. And I was like,

"But what if you turn me away?" And I was told on the

phone, "If you have your baby with you, we will never

turn you away. "And those were the most comforting words that I had

ever heard in my situation. That's what brought me here

is knowing that I had somewhere where I was already

accepted and [they] didn't even know us. I hadn't even

made it through the door yet, and I was already accepted

here with my daughter which means that no matter who

you are or what situation you're in, there's always an

open door."

Elliott took her first steps at the shelter.

What did that feel like for you?

"It was amazing. And I think the most important thing

for me, was that she had the space to take those first

steps in. If I had let our lives progress the way they were

and not brought us to Open Doors, she might not have

been able to take those first steps at all. But because we

were here, she had a clean environment to even want to

make that adventure. It's amazing to watch her


What does Open Doors mean to you?

I would say that the support that we have now is

stronger at this point in our lives than we've ever had. And

I think that's important for my daughter. Not only do we

have people that are helping us get housing, but we are

building relationships that we can have for the rest of our

lives... It takes a village to raise a child, and now I have a

village to help me raise mine.

Matthew Chapman works hard to make your home buying or selling experience enjoyable and gives part of every commission to help a person in need.