Kristal Talamantes

In September 2010, Kristal was employed full time and living independently with her son –then she was unexpectedly laid off. She found herself homeless with a young child and no family support in her area. To make ends meet, Kristal and her son moved back to Orange County to stay temporarily with family and old friends. When her grandmother was no longer able to keep the two of them in her home, they had nowhere to go. Unemployed, with no college education or savings, Kristal searched for any help she could find. The Salvation Army referred her to the Illumination Foundation, and IF took her into the Interim Housing Program. Kristal immediately found part time work, enrolled in college full time, and entered her son into pre-school. She is currently working on a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services, with ambitions to continue on to a Master’s in Marriage and Family Counseling. Illumination Foundation case managers helped Kristal make the connections to low-income housing, so they will move into their own apartment in¬†October!