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I came to Blanchet House for food in 2004 when I was a homeless and pregnant teen. It was nice to find somewhere I could get the real food I needed while being pregnant versus convenient cold food from various stores. There was a long line to get inside, but people saw my pregnant belly and let me go ahead of them.

I heard about Blanchet through the homeless grapevine. I noticed that people were cleaning up after one another and helping new people understand what to do. The food was decent too, homestyle.

Until recently I was working as a crisis intake worker for an agency downtown that had helped me to get off the streets while I was still pregnant. Currently, I’m fighting for disability as I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

–Michelle F.

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