Families Overcoming Adversity...
A family that has been through many daily challenges and can still smile and laugh, truly has the ability to bring joy to those around them. Read below for the story of one family who successfully graduated from our program:
Hellen came for Application Day in January 2020 looking for housing for her and two year-old son Josh. Unfortunately, Hellen was not accepted into the program due to not being able to save 50% of her income. She was devastated! Hellen never gave up on her goal and completed a phone screening in May 2020. This time she was one of the families selected for an intake interview, where she was chosen as a candidate for our 120-day program.
Hellen was a victim of domestic violence in 2019 and needed a place to live since she was living at a friend's house with Josh. Hellen was working part-time at McDonald’s and in the process of finishing her general education credits in college. In June, Hellen and her son Josh moved to our 120-day program and expressed their gratitude for this opportunity.
Ever since Hellen joined the program, she has done an amazing job calling on time for her phone weekly case management/therapy sessions, saving 50% of her income, and keeping constant communication with all staff. Due to Hellen’s success in the 120-day program, the client service team decided to give Hellen the opportunity to move to our one-year program. In October 2020, Hellen received the keys and moved to her new apartment.
Hellen continues working at McDonalds for 30+ hours a week and is in the process of starting school in November at North West College to pursue her dreams of becoming a LVN. Hellen’s goals for the 1-year program are to enhance her education, continue saving, and following programs rules and regulations.
The family has struggled with many difficulties in their lives, which has served to bring them closer. Because of all they have been through they are stronger individuals and a great example of how we can all overcome adversity.
Joanna came for application day October, 2019 after being enrolled in our community-based parenting program and learning about our housing program. She was looking for housing for herself, husband Juan, and two-year old baby Victor. The family had received a 30 to 60-day notice to vacate their apartment due to upcoming apartment renovations and significant rent increases. Joanna was working part-time as an operator in a third shift and Juan as a certified medical assistance.