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Real LifeJust five years ago, Michelle Powell was approaching her late twenties and residing at home with an aging parent. She had lived in Montgomery County most of her life and had graduated from a local high school, yet, suffering from depression and without prospects for the future, she was stuck.
When a county community residence caseworker suggested Housing Unlimited (HUI) to her, it piqued her interest. HUI would mean that she could live on her own, but not be totally alone. "It was my first experience of being on my own," she confides.
Moving in, she immediately felt at home in her new Rockville townhouse. "It's working out fine," she says. "I don't have any problems with daily activities or anything. I've always been an independent person, so being able to do things without having supervision makes me feel comfortable and HUI does this."
Her HUI house affords her two supportive female roommates, plus a landlord who trusts her to fulfill her tenant obligations. She is vigilant about attending medical and therapy sessions, and taking medications as prescribed. She sees a psychiatrist, therapist and counselor each week.
Since coming to HUI, with her self-confidence building, Michelle has had doors open to her. Twice a week, she works as a courtesy clerk at a food market, accessible by Metro. She walks neighborhood streets for exercise, reads, watches movies, and enjoys window shopping.
And now she has a long-term "goal:" to work and one day be completely on her own.