Betty moved into the Les Marquis Shelter unemployed. She immediately started applying for jobs and quickly started working at the Front Porch, a newspaper subscription agency, in Hayward. She and her daughter moved into FESCO’s transitional program, Banyan House, where she participated in the Life Skills classes and assisted staff with cooking and cleaning.
Less than a year after leaving Banyan House she had to return to the Shelter after losing her job, but she soon found work at another company. She is currently working for an energy company, where she is receiving employee benefits for the first time since being homeless. She has lived in her current apartment for four years. Her daughter is married and taking classes at the Hayward Adult School. During her lifetime she has overcome many setbacks, but through hard work and perseverance, she has made a better life for herself and her family.