De Novo Stories

The Journey Has Just Begun



Ramona has been at Haven for just over a year. She is now prepared to leave the campus and is waiting for an approved apartment to be her ‘forever’ home.

The time leading up to her arrival at Haven for Hope was, in her own words, “A harrowing journey of doctors, hospital, and surgeries” following a critical cancer diagnosis. The surgeries and treatments lead to missed hours/weeks on her job which she eventually lost. Ramona soon had used all available funds and fell behind in her housing payments and other bills. She sold everything and wiped out her retirement and savings accounts. Her home was sold at auction. And Haven became her home.

The only thing that Ramona could keep was equipment and supplies for quilting. This was a life-long hobby and money-maker for her. She managed to get everything stored in a public storage facility and has been waiting for the day she would be able to continue making quilts for sale. When De Novo was contacted by Haven, the future was looking very bleak for Ramona.

In just 48 hours the storage facility was going to put a lock on her storage unit and auction off the only tie she had to regaining her independence. She told me “I don’t really know if I can survive another loss. It is all I have left.” De Novo gladly stepped in and brought the monthly payments up-to-date and paid a couple of months going forward. Her quilting equipment is safe and will be ready to move with her into a space where she can live and quilt.

Ramona fought hard to stay independent and still ended up with nowhere to turn but Haven for Hope. And with their loving care and guidance, Ramona is now strong enough to work and leave for her own home. We are glad that we could help her keep valuable equipment and preserve her opportunity to be self-sufficient.

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Why De Novo?

De Novo of San Antonio is helping the marginalized and homeless of San Antonio achieve their goals of self-sufficiency. Where there is anxiety and fragility, De Novo wants to bring security and stability.

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