Deborah's Story

Deborah Alba served in the Army for two years providing administrative support to military staff and personnel. After being honorably discharged, Deborah struggled to find work and stable housing. Before arriving at our Maple Court Veterans Transitional Housing Program in Durham, NC, Deborah was homeless and living out of her car.

Beginning in July 2019, Deborah was provided a place to stay in one of our apartments and enrolled in our Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP) where she was provided support and resources to access benefits and secure a job.

Like many veterans, Deborah has a fighting spirit. She was resolved to regain her independence and took full advantage of the support she received at Maple Court. So much so, that in just four months, she was able to secure her own apartment and land a job at the Department of Veteran Affairs in Durham. She began working as an Ambassador in Compensated Work Therapy (CWT) at the VA in November.

Deborah is extremely thankful to still be employed by the VA during COVID-19. Today, she works hard to help keep veterans and the community safe by serving as a Coronavirus screener at the VA Hospital in Durham.

Our staff was honored to support Deborah in her time of need. It's a wonderful thing when you can be a blessing for someone who then becomes a blessing for others.

“When I first got here, nothing mattered. With the help of the resources from Maple Court, in four months, I have the world at the palm of my hands.”

Deborah Alba