Resident Stories


Determination is an integral part of the stories of the homeless mothers who come through Brevard Rescue Mission. With a stunning 90% success rate after graduation, it’s a program that succeeds! That’s because women suited for Brevard Rescue Mission aren’t just ready for a change, they’re ready to make it happen!

Sarah's Story

“Sarah” lived in 33 foster homes and 2 emergency shelters as a child. Soon after giving birth to her 3rd child, Sarah and her family had no place to live until she found Brevard Rescue Mission.

“With everyone’s help here at BRM, I was able to take it step-by-step, one day at a time, and make it to the finish line. I am now a licensed massage therapist!” said Sarah. “When you finish something you’ve envisioned finishing for a long time, it really opens doors. Your courage, your self-esteem… you just glow inside. Now I feel like I can conquer anything!”

Rachel's Story

“Rachel” called BRM after a friend decided she and her children could no longer stay in the apartment they shared. She wanted to make positive changes in her life and wanted to move forward toward living independently with her children.

From the moment she came to Brevard Rescue Mission, Rachel was very clear about her goals: to obtain her GED and gain full-time employment. She has now accomplished both those goals and more!

“I passed my GED with hard work and by never giving up,” said Rachel. “I have gotten more support from the women and staff here at BRM than I have received my whole life. I’m setting an example for my kids to never give up no matter how old you are. With love and God in your life, you can do anything as long as you believe in yourself.”

Kathy's Story

When “Kathy” was accepted into Brevard Rescue Mission, it meant that she not only had a place to live, but also that her 8-year-old son could be reunited with her – AFTER TWO YEARS APART!

Financial difficulties combined with Kathy’s health condition had rendered them homeless two years ago and living in their car. Without access to needed medication, she was hospitalized and her son was placed in foster care.

After she was released from the hospital, she struggled to maintain her health so she could afford stable housing, which was a condition of reunification. The foster care oversight team shared that her acceptance into the BRM program was a key factor in their decision to move forward with reunification.

Kathy now has stable housing and case management to help her meet her financial, educational, employment and health-related goals.

“My son and I are very excited,” Kathy said. “I can now plan a future with him!”

Chloe’s Story

‘"I was 8-Months Pregnant and Sleeping on the Street..." 

"Chloe" gave her testimony at the 2017 Impact 100 Partner event, explaining how she found Brevard Rescue Mission.

"Being pregnant and homeless is when I had hit rock bottom. I got on my knees and called out to God to put people in my path to help me, because I couldn't do this alone anymore."

She teared up when looking around the room and said, "Now I know that it was BRM people that God placed in my path... it was each one of you!"


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