REAL LIFE STORIES

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Hear from men, women, and children whose lives are impacted by CityTeam.
People walk through our doors overcome by struggles like homelessness, hunger, poverty, and addiction, but inside they find compassion, help, and hope…

Stories

Oakland

LIVING AND LEARNING TOGETHER

Before coming to CityTeam and pursuing recovery, Daniel turned to alcohol to escape. Living a life without hope, he had no will to live. Today, Daniel is living a full and sober life[…]

A FAMILY FINDS HOPE

Some people might have called Joey a “functioning addict,” if there is such a thing. For most of his adult life, he was able to hold a job, pay his bills, and be active in his tight-knit family. Looking back, […]

FIGHTING FOR HIS FAMILY

“My whole life changed the day I walked in this door. The people I was surrounded by, I could just tell–they were ready to help me before I was ready to help myself. And they didn’t even know me.”- Kurtis […]

WELCOME HOME

CityTeam doesn’t just support the individual, we support the whole family. Daniel and Chelsie have been through ups and downs together with their two children. With the help of CityTeam they now have a space to live and be a […]

FINDING PEACE

With the help of Cityteam, Jose’s life has been transformed. Not long ago he was wandering the streets convinced he was going to die young. Today he lives a new life full of peace, purpose, and love. Take a moment […]

HOMELESS AND ON THE RUN

“Growing up in Oakland, you can experience a lot of different types of people. As a sixteen-year old, I thought it was cool to hang out with friends that drank and did drugs. That kind of lifestyle lead me to homelessness and being on the run. Running away from friends and family[…]

MY SECOND CHANCE

I was at a school dance when a friend forced me to try cocaine with him. I was only twelve years old and I had never done anything like that before. After that, I started using meth, and my addiction […]

EACH STEP OF THE WAY

I have spent my whole life here in the Bay Area. At fifteen, I took my first drink of alcohol. It only got worse from there. I was in bad shape until a friend reached out to me and told […]

Looking Forward To The Future

I am 57 years old and grew up right here in Oakland. At the age of 15, I started hanging out with the wrong crowd of people that introduced me to a world of alcohol and drugs[…]

YOU GIVE DIGNITY

Pete became homeless after his real estate business was hit by the economic crisis. While he was on the streets, he didn’t sleep. He’d just walk around all night trying to stay warm. At 62, the experience was traumatizing. When […]