10: Mountain

Carly's Story

Carly is nine years old. When she was five years old her abuse started. Carly told her third grade teacher that she was being abused. Carly’s teacher reported the abuse. The police brought Carly to Ralston House where she was able to tell the story of her abuse. By telling her story, the police were able to stop her abuse. Children, with stories like Carly, come to Ralston House every day where they find hope and safety.

Maritza's Story

Maritza moved to Colorado when her husband, who was in the service, was transferred to Ft. Carson. She worked as a Spanish Analytical Linguist for federal and state law enforcement agencies during this time.
After her husband returned from Iraq, they were divorced, leading to Maritza’s first experience facing housing instability. Despite this challenge, Maritza founded her own language consulting company and provided a comfortable life for she and her three sons.

"The Minute I called, I knew: This is a godsend"

Until a few weeks ago Kristen had never heard of 2-1-1, the free referral hotline for those in need of assistance.
But after a news anchor mentioned it, she decided to call.

“The minute I called, I knew: This is a godsend,” she said.

When she isn’t working, Kristen spends much of her time volunteering. She never expected to be the one asking for help, but after COVID-19 started spreading, she was placed on unpaid leave from her job. She didn’t know where to turn.

Joan's Story of Perseverance

Joan, a mom living in Mountain Home's residential program with her young child, has worked to overcome immense odds. Many moms come to us from all over Montana having experienced homelessness, substance use disorders, abuse, or a background in foster care - Joan's story is similar. But, since working with a case manager and supportive employment specialist, Joan has started a new job and classes to make progress towards completing her education. All of this while also being an amazing parent to her five month old daughter!

I Have MS, MS Doesn't Have Me

Jessica Ahern grew up in Connecticut and moved to Colorado in 2015. She works as a social worker in Jefferson County to help support families and children who are facing challenges and crises. Jessica is passionate about her work and dedicates much of her time to service to her community. In 2018, at the age of 27, Jessica was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Six months prior to her MS diagnosis, Jessica began experiencing severe symptoms – she lost feeling her right arm and hand and sometimes her feet would go numb.