Jessica is a 31 year old single mother with a six year old son. Three years ago she lost the job that she had for eight years and could no longer afford to pay her rent. She began to panic when her car broke down about the same time and she could not afford to pay to have it repaired. Jessica applied to temporary shelters but was denied any kind of housing until she was referred to FESCO. After being accepted at Banyan house, her living situation, along with her outlook for her future changed immediately. Through FESCO staff, she learned budget and savings strategies, got her son into childcare, began volunteering at a local grocery store, and began her job search. After four months, she was hired on full time at the grocery store and was able to start saving money to rebuild her life. Soon after, Jessica was able to move into a home of her own. She credits FESCO with helping her to move toward self sufficiency saying “the workshops, counseling, and classes…have given me the confidence to maintain a normal, happy life”.