Christina’s Story of Hope

After 10 years of being unhoused, struggling with schizophrenia, and using meth, Christina had nearly lost hope. In October of 2023, Christina was living in an encampment under the freeway on X Street, when she noticed a new business moving into the vacant building across the street and a sign that said Hope. “I found out about it by being inquisitive,” she says, “I came into Hope one day and someone offered me some food.”

Christina met with Bre Barry, a Personal Services Coordinator (PSC) at the Hope Cooperative’s CORE X Street Wellness Center, for about five minutes. They arranged a time for a longer conversation the following day.

The next day, before she could make it back to the Wellness Center, Christina got into a scuffle with a police officer and went to jail.