Our friends at Orchard Church recently partnered with Almost Home to give a shelter client a holiday that was truly filled with blessings for her and her children. Thank you Orchard Church for reaching out to us to help one of our clients get back on the road to self-sufficiency.
CLIENT SUCCESS STORY!
Client 213-277: This family was comprised of two parents, with five children. The family stayed at our shelter for 30 days. Within the first week of staying at our shelter, our case manager had them apply for food stamps and medicaid, (With a family of 7, you can imagine that the grocery bills are always high!) both of which were awarded to them. During their stay, they were able to save money for their deposit and first month's rent. They were also refered to the Adam's County Workforce Center and begin taking classes on budgeting and a first home buyers class to gain knowledge on steps to become home owners.On day 30 in our shelter, the family was able to obtain permanent housing that they could afford on their own.
THE KIDS AT OUR SHELTER
"Every time I go to our shelter, I am so impressed with the kids there. The letter you see to the right is one written by a little girl we got to know very well. She wanted to be an artist when she grew up and was constantly drawing butterflies. Her sisters and herself always wanted to help us out with whatever work needed to be done at the shelter; putting new sheets on, and moving things in and out. According to the American Psychological Association, children living in povery have much higher chances of depression and exposure to violence, poor academic achievement and poor nutrition. And yet, through all of that, the kids at the shelter always seem to want to help US when we are there."
-Shelby Oliver, Development Coordinator.
Written by girl at shelter, age 9
“I was on my way home from work at 1:00 am when I was brutally attacked by a stranger outside my apartment. I was left for dead. My recovery was long and I needed a lot of help. I lost my job and eventually, my apartment…the only home my sons and I knew. We then moved into motels, but I quickly ran out of money and we found ourselves homeless. I was desperate. We had nowhere to go. Thankfully, I found shelter at Almost Home. I don’t know where I’d be without Almost Home. We stayed in the shelter for two months, then I was back to work and saved enough money for an apartment. Finally, I felt like we were going to be ok.” -Bennette, Almost Home Client