Success Stories

A 56-year-old single male client entered emergency shelter with no income. While sheltered, he secured part-time employment and entered the Transitional Housing Program. While in the program, he set goals including securing full-time employment, with benefits, purchasing a car and depositing $8,000 in a savings account. Full-time employment was secured at a non-profit organization. Over the course of 17 months, he had met all of his projected goals: he purchase a used car; obtained full-time employment with benefits; rented a private-market apartment; and left the program with $8,500 in his savings account. A year after exiting the program, client had surgery and was on medical leave for three months. During this time, he maintained his housing and standard of living through the savings and budgeting skills he acquired during his stay in the Transitional Program.

A 28-year-old single female entered the program in September, 2007. This young lady is borderline intellectual functioning and had suffered from sexual abuse. After entering the Residential Housing Program, she began to volunteer at the local soup kitchen. She expressed interest in working with children so she volunteered at local day care facilities, which lead to her taking an eight week course in early childhood development. She completed 32 hours training that included professional development, giving her the opportunity to gain skills to become a child care provider. She is now employed by a local non-profit organization, providing care to the elderly.

A 64-year-old single male with a monthly income of $600 in Social Security benefits entered the program. Developmentally disabled, the client could not read or write and had limited basic living skills. The client had never lived independently. He had lived with his parents until the death of his mother resulted in his father being placed in a nursing home. The state acquired the family home for auction, leaving the client without a home. By taking part in Coalition programs, the client’s basic living skills increased. With assistance from staff, he developed an understanding of finances; opened a checking and savings account; and was taught how to budget his expenses and pay monthly bills. Staff assisted him in learning how to shop for groceries; plan and cook healthy meals; properly store food; maintain and clean his living space; use the laundry; and access public transportation. The client also did not know how to use a cell phone or basic electronics such as cable television – both of which he purchased and learned to use. He increased his socialization skills by volunteering at a non-profit agency that later hired him on a part-time basis. The client exited the program, secured HUD-subsidized housing and had mastered enough skills to live independently with assistance. Upon exit from the program, he had $6,300 in his savings account.

A 63-year-old woman entered the program. She had previously been homeless twice in the past year. Her husband passed away and he had handled all of their finances. She suffers from severe depression and is physically disabled. After being evicted from public housing for non-payment of rent, she entered the homeless shelter at the YWCA and after several months there, opted to go into the Residential Housing Program. While in the program, she enrolled in mental health treatment; volunteered for Meals on Wheels; learned to budget her finances; paid off past debts; maintained her apartment; and began to socialize. Today, she has successfully integrated back into independent living; is healthier; has a positive support system; and is debt free.