Tiana Smith and her two children, 13-year old Iisha, and 15-year old Mica, fled their home to escape domestic violence. They arrived in Seattle, planning to stay with a family member, but that didn’t work out and they found themselves sleeping in their car. Scared and not sure what to do next, Tiana found her way to Mary’s Place.
Because Mica was experiencing behavioral and other health issues, the Smith’s were enrolled in Mary's Place Popsicle Place program for families with medically-fragile children. Mica had been admitted to Children’s Hospital several times and was not responding well to the community shelter environment. Working with Mary's Place staff, the Smith family moved to a single-family home that Mary's Place operates in Auburn where life for the family finally started to normalize.
Tiana finally saw a light at the end of the tunnel. Finally, the Smith family could take a collective deep breath and relax, they were safe and moving forward. Soon after their move to the Auburn house, they found housing and are now doing great! Tiana found a job and is working again, and Mica hasn’t had any recent episodes and is excited about finding a summer job to help his family.