Posted by Meredith Joy, Director of Basic Needs
I want to share a story with you. We have been working with a family in our Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP). The family includes two parents and a 15-year-old daughter. They lost their home when both parents became unemployed and have been living in a motel for the past 1 ½ years. HPRP helped them find an apartment and will be able to pay their rent for several months while their case manager supports them with their job search, which will be much easier now that they have a home and a real address and can focus their efforts completely on the job search.
Since they could no longer afford to pay their storage space costs they had lost all their belongings. Their case manager sent an email to staff requesting some household items for them. This is what they were provided with directly from JF&CS staff:
- Washer and dryer
- TV and DVD player
- Air conditioner
- Coffee table
- Coffee maker
Our JF&CS case manager and the family were overwhelmed by the responsiveness and the family is just delighted.