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Rita has been a mountain resident for more than 30 years and has a long work history.


Rita has been mostly without shelter for the past 4 years.  She and her partner lived for several months in Rits’s barely operational car in the forest, as well as at mountain campsites. Rita became a client of the Mountain Homeless Coalition while she was unsheltered and seeking housing. MHC assisted Rita with food, food cards, and toiletries. 

Rita began volunteering at the Catty Shack, a cat rescue in Running Springs, that is a very proactive business in our community and helps individuals who are without housing.

Through her hard work and dedication, Rita was befriended by Laura, the owner of the rescue.  Laura owns a small apartment building near the Catty Shack, and offered Rita a one-bedroom unit. The Mountain Homeless Coalition paid the deposit that allowed Rita to move into her new apartment. Rita has now lived there for almost a year, is paying monthly rent, and is very happy and secure.

Rita is an excellent example of how the Mountain Homeless Coalition moves mountains for those in need, placing them on the path to self-sufficiency. 

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