Marissa, 30, and her children, Isabel, 12, and Amar, 4, moved to Sacred Heart House when their time at the Ronald McDonald House ended. After her son’s heartbreaking diagnosis of leukemia, Marissa knew she had to leave her family in southern Colorado to seek medical treatment for him at Children’s Hospital of Colorado.
Thanks to the intervention of Kathy Gansmere, case manager at Colorado Coalition for the Homeless who works with moms with disabled children under five years old, Marissa was able to complete the VI-SPDAT, (Vulnerability Index and Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool used to assess an individual’s level of vulnerability). A predictably high score would possibly enable her to access available housing resources through OneHome.
Meanwhile, Marissa has applied to Warren Village First Step and the STAR Program, a transitional housing program through the Denver Rescue Mission.