In 1995, Pearl Tadema saw the local issue of homelessness growing and as she researched more she found that there were many great programs but none were focused on helping homeless moms and kids. She could not just stand by so she took action. She started by rallying her friends, family and local church to raise money to buy and furnish a house in Duvall, WA.
Once the house was ready she went out and found homeless moms and kids and invited them to move into the house. She created a program that would help and support these families by providing counseling, parenting advice, financial support and community. After a few years Pearl was able to expand the program by purchasing the apartments next to the house and open the program to even more families.
Pearl and her community were committed to helping moms create lasting life change and her commitment and passion lives on in the community today as they support and care for the moms and kids at Acres.