Written by Carol Graham, the Independent News
Gail Gilbert was doing everything right, yet things were going terribly wrong.
“I was in a hopeless state of mind, body and spirit. I was desperate,” Gilbert recalls. “I was a single mother, and had lost a life that I was working hard to build. I was doing everything I thought I was supposed to do: I went to college, I had two degrees, I was taking care of my family the best way I knew how. But something was wrong, something wasn’t working and I lost it all. I found myself living in my four-door Honda with my kid and my cat and my dog and nowhere to go. When a person finds themselves with life stacked against them, it feels like there’s no way out.”
Enter Partners for Change, a Livermore-based nonprofit dedicated to offering a hand up, not a hand out.