A letter from one of our first homeowners

To Whom It May Concern:

HOME, Inc. has made a lasting impact on my family, which
included one girl and three boys.

In 1967, a member of HOME, Inc. encountered a social worker
at the school my children attended. That formed my
connection and partnership with HOME, Inc. That changed my
life. Our first task was to secure adequate housing in a stable
neighborhood. The perfect house with a large yard was
secured.

One of the key components of the relationship was the
assignment of Two (2) "Supportive Friends". After all these
years getting together for lunch and conversation continues.

I was guided through resources and received friendly support
through Drake University where I received a BS in Sociology.
Further study in psychology and Social Work was done at the
University of Iowa (Branch on Drake's campus).

Upon graduation, I worked as a social worker and Director of
a Child Development Center. I also worked as a case
manager, resource manager, and program manager in the
Department of Social Services for over eleven (11) years. At
that time my children were grown and established. I moved to
California (Bay Area) and worked as a child, family, and
community consultant for over fourteen (14) years.
I retired and returned to Des Moines to my "HOME, Inc.
House" where I am enjoying my children, grandchildren,
great-grandchildren, and extended family.

My four (4) children are successful in their professional
careers for over twenty years. My daughter is a school
teacher. My oldest son retired from the military after over
twenty years of service. My next son after ten years in the
Air-force received a degree in Advanced Health Science, and
my youngest son is a quality control technician.

Without HOME, Inc. our successful lives would not have been
possible. It is because of partnerships like HOME, Inc. that
the world is in a better place in which to live.

Sincerely, 
Mrs. Amelia Smith




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