Kristin and Rodney fell on hard times and were essentially homeless, having to move in with Kristin’s mom – into a one-bedroom apartment. They and their son, Dorian, slept on an air mattress in the small den of the apartment each night. Not only was this an uncomfortable situation for the family, but their staying in the apartment could jeopardize the rental agreement for Kristin’s mom. In October 2018, Kristin and Rodney entered our program and the family was matched with Elaine, a volunteer liaison who started working with Kristin and Rodney on setting goals, job searches and budgeting. Mainly, Elaine became a support to the family that they otherwise didn’t know.
The family’s main goal was to move into a rental house of their own, and in December 2018 they got the news that a unit was available, but they hadn’t been able to save up enough for a deposit. Because Kristin and Rodney were such willing participants of our program, attending educational workshops and developing a relationship with Elaine, FFC was able to provide the deposit so they could move from homeless to housing, establishing stability for their sweet family. With the help of our generous community, Elaine, Eric (volunteer), and Telitha (board member), they were able to move into their new home and start their new life with it almost fully furnished!
We have since heard from a teacher at Dorian’s school that he talks about how much he loves his new room, and we heard from Kristin who sent the message “We are truly being blessed. We’ve never had a village before.”