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If you’re homeless and pregnant, it’s pretty tough in San Jose. Shelly found that out the hard way.
After earning her Bachelor’s degree at San Jose State University, Shelly was ready to get her career started, but discovered she was pregnant. Her father asked her to leave. She appealed to almost every shelter she could find. They either had no room, or didn’t accept single women.
“Most of them were saying, ‘once you have the baby, then call us,’” said Shelly.
So she slept in her car while four months pregnant, going to the gym for showers or to the library to look for housing. With no refrigerator or kitchen, and little to no money, the only thing she could afford to eat was junk food or fast food.
“I was very unhealthy – mentally and physically,” she recalled. “I’m grateful that someone finally told me about this special program called Heritage Home.”