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A Yakima woman overcomes homelessness then gives back

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YAKIMA, Wash-A woman overcomes homelessness then gives back.

A comfortable home is something most of us take for granted, but for one woman it is a luxury, having lived both sides of this story, it is something she'll never forget. 

37-year-old Natalie volunteers every week working with the homeless.  She hands out food and clothes and helps the homeless to find housing.

But Natalie hasn't always been the one helping the needy.

A few months ago she was living in her car.  She couldn't afford a home after failed attempts of finding a job.  She says even though her resume qualified her for jobs, employers would not hire her because of her teeth.

Natalie became one of Yakima County's 3,600 people without a home and moved into her car.  She was found months later by Steve Gaulke, who works to find housing for the homeless.

Steve worked with Natalie and found a place for her to call home.  Natalie says her new home has changed her life.  Gaulke's inspired her to give back by working with the Homeless Outreach program. 

A few months ago she couldn't take care of herself.  Natalie says now she takes care of herself and others because someone saved her.

If you would like to help create another success story like Natalie's you can call the Homeless Outreach program at (509) 249-6232.

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