Updated: Mar 25
“It’s still surreal to me... because if someone would have told me when I was homeless and in my addiction that I’d make it this far, I would have laughed in their face. Jail or death seemed more like a reality back then.”
Compass program directors and case managers frequently get letters and emails from former clients thanking them for their help along the way to achieving a stable home. Marilyn Bunag sent an update on her housing success with the news that she and her family purchased their own home in Vallejo earlier this year!
Marilyn graduated from Compass Clara House in 2007 after more than two years of dedicated work to keep her and her children together, healthy, and on a path to self-sufficiency. Marilyn credits success to the services she received from her case managers and therapists who helped her heal from past trauma, maintain sobriety, and ultimately to get her college degree.
Marilyn’s email to Compass Clara House:
“My children had a safe home at Clara House surrounded by staff and other families that fostered a sense of community and genuine care for one another. My children gained a mother who was clean and sober, driven to do better for them, and found stability.
I am forever grateful to Compass for helping me put mine and my kid’s life back together. So, whenever something great happens, I always remember where my journey started so I’m reaching out to let you know that...... I am now a homeowner!!!!!! :) I bought a house in Vallejo.
It’s still surreal to me... because if someone would have told me when I was homeless and in my addiction that I’d make it this far, I would have laughed in their face. Jail or death seemed more like a reality back then.
If Compass hadn’t taken me in, supported us, pushed me to be better, believed in me and gave us a chance at life — I know I wouldn’t be where I am today. So THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!
Marilyn is currently in a leadership position at a nonprofit agency that provides permanent supportive housing to people experiencing homelessness.
Congratulations to you and your family, Marilyn!