“Because I needed 13 months to recover from my brain surgery, I lost my job and then my home. Thank God I had a place to go.”

Linda Graham

Amorosa Village Apartments, Santa Rosa

Linda Graham’s life was turned upside down in January 2007, when her doctor told her that she had an inoperable brain aneurysm. Her family was notified that she would not make it through the night, however she was taken to Stanford Medical Center where a successful surgery did in fact save her life. The doctors were amazed. Yet because she needed 13 months to recover, she lost her job and then her home in Vallejo. “Safeway Corporation said they needed me to go back to work full-time and right away. I was a field specialist installing computers in Sonoma and Marin counties. I lost my job, my home and I ended up couch crashing for awhile.” At the same time, she felt a calling to begin exploring a spiritual ministry. While staying in Sebastopol, a friend encouraged her to get on the waiting list at Burbank Housing. Then she found out about Amorosa Village Apartments in Santa Rosa. The timing worked out, and Linda has lived there for four years now. When asked about how affordable housing has changed her life, Linda replied: “Losing my job and house was humbling, but nothing happens accidentally. I was led to Santa Rosa, away from friends, family and all I had known. It was the first time in my life that I did not work professionally. I had to stand in line at the food bank, where I volunteer now. I needed to regain my confidence and Burbank allowed me that opportunity. Thank God I had a place to go. I am now able to look into my ministry, my new calling.”



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