Hilda Persevered for Her Children


Hilda was a Brownie troop leader, a PTA Parent, a karate mom and she was a proud and dedicated mother to her two young children. She worked hard and put her children first. Her Mother’s Days were filled with hand crafted notes, hand picked flowers, breakfasts in bed, hugs and kisses. She couldn’t ask for more.

But slowly, Hilda began to battle with addiction. Before she knew it, drugs took her down. Hilda lost her kids and she ended up homeless and out on the streets. For many years, Hilda struggled until finally she was able to get clean and sober. She worked hard in recovery homes, stayed with family and spent years in and out of a local homeless shelter trying to get on her feet. She was sober, but she was still homeless. Many would have given up, but Hilda persevered.

Thankfully, in 2014 Hilda came to Women’s Center of Wake County. She completed her intake and began to work with a case worker. Together, they tackled the obstacles that stood in the way of Hilda and a home of her own. Hilda found a full-time job in the home healthcare field. And, within a month, Hilda’s case worker was able to place her in transitional housing.

Hilda has continued to work hard and save money. She was reunited with her children, who are now young adults, and Mother’s Days are happy days for Hilda again. Her son is 34 and living in Minnesota. Her daughter is 30 and living here in Raleigh. “My kids love me to death,” says Hilda. “They are not a product of their environment whatsoever.” Hilda will be celebrating Mother’s Day with her daughter this year. Her daughter will take her to church and then to a Mother’s Day brunch.

Last July 11th, Hilda celebrated 11 years clean and sober. And, on May 10th, 3 days before Mother’s Day, Hilda will move out of her group transitional housing and into an apartment of her own. She is so grateful for the help she received from the donors, volunteers and staff at Women’s Center of Wake County. “A kind word would change a person’s whole world. When you donate, it lets the clients know that somebody cares.”

Today, Hilda looks forward to many happy Mother’s Days to come, hopefully with grandchildren!

Thank you for your continued support in helping women like Hilda find a second chance in life. If you would like to honor your mother by helping women experiencing homelessness this Mother's Day, please go to: https://www.wcwc.org/mothersday18