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Success Story: Stable Families Program Helps Single Mom

Lisa is the single mom of a teenage girl. She is a strongindependent woman who has gone through many life events to make her the personshe is today. At a young age, she found herself pregnant in an unfortunatesituation and was forced to raise her daughter with limited support.

Before entering Stable Families, she was working at anin-home senior citizen center earning a decent income. Although she receivedpublic benefits for awhile, she stopped receiving public benefits 10 years agobecause she always made her income “work.” She always maintained consistentjobs and had lived in her current home for 10 years. In May 2017, Lisa was in aserious car accident, which put her out of work for a few weeks. After fallingbehind in rent, Lisa was referred to Stable Families by her landlord.

Stable Families was able to provide initial financialassistance to prevent Lisa and her family from becoming homeless. If it weren’tfor Stable Families, Lisa would likely have to move in with her mother andtransfer her high school aged daughter out of the school district.

Lisa has been committed to working with her Stable Families caseworkereven when she suffered a health setback. Together, they came up with a plan,applied for food stamps and other public benefits. Stable Families was able toprovide financial assistance so she did not lose her apartment of 10 years asshe worked through her illness.

Lisa continues to make progress and increase her income. Shehas been able to get the mental health treatment she needs and get publicassistance like food stamps. Lisa is closer than ever to become stable. Sheplans on going back to school to get her nursing degree. She is forevergrateful for the support her case manager brings and the financial assistanceto help during the unexpected times.

 


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Success Story: A Journey to Heal and Live

Robynne’s story is about life, healing, motivation and strength to keep going after devastating setbacks.  She calls it, “my journey toHeal and my journey to Live.”

Coming from a childhood of street life and drugs to spending ten years in federal prison, Robynne’s life has taken a positive turnaround over the past 14 years. She has faced many barriers as she sought to find a new life.  There were barriers around every corner: she had little to no access to stable and affordable housing, transportation and income. She was estranged from her children, had few marketable work skills and possessed a felony criminal record.  With Robynne’s determination and perseverance she sought out community resources and services that helped encourage andsupport her journey to re-entry.  Knowing it was her responsibility to overcome these obstacles she set goals and strivedto reach them with incredible success. 

Robynne approached HOME, Inc. in 2004 for housing assistance through our lease purchase program. She was working full-time for minimum wage and was in the process of starting a cleaning business with the assistance of a small business grant. Knowing her recent background and lack of employment and rental history we were willing to provide Robynne with a chance to overcome some of her obstacles.  We believed in her commitment to build a life for her and children.  It wasn’t easy. During a span of four years she established employment stability, rental history,  increased wages, accumulated savings, repaired past credit issues and established alternative lines of credit to meet conventional underwriting criteria.

In 2008 Robynne was able to assume the mortgage held by HOME, In. and became a proud homeowner where she continues to reside.  

Robynne says she is a living testament to what can be accomplished with inspiration and hard work. She has achieved many successes over the past 14 years: doubled wages, full time employment with benefits at a local hospital, sustained and maintained homeownership, proud taxpayer, entrepreneur and an enormous sense of self -worth and confidence. In addition, her journey has inspired her to give back by organizing a non-profit re-entry program for female ex-offenders. As a member of the HOME, Inc. family, Robynne is a firm believer that support and technical services from community resources empowers individuals to prosper life-changing accomplishments.

 


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