Watch this news story to learn about Kyle’s success despite the Covid-19 pandemic. **Update, he is back to work and gaining stability.
Maria is determined to improve her situation. She worked with her liaisons, Kevin and Elise, to set a goal of applying to three housing programs. She completed the applications in record time! Maria is on her way to getting out of living in a hotel and gaining stability for her family.
COVID-19 Relief Fund
In February 2019, we hosted an educational workshop for the families in our program. These workshops are held monthly and educate families on various topics like finances & budgeting, parenting skills, etc. With the assistance of Life Coach Julie Hutton, we worked on goal setting. Our families had a productive conversation around what they hope to accomplish in the near future and created awesome Vision Boards to help show what some of those goals might look like to them! Here you see parents showing off the vision boards they made.
Kristin and Rodney
Thompson Child & Family Focus
Thompson Child & Family Focus led a meaningful discussion on parenting tips for children of all ages as well as how to prioritize self-care for parents. They also introduced to our family partners our partnership with their Mental Health Services through Thompson Family Services Center. This additional resource are available to families as a tool to help improve their mental wellness on their path to self-sufficiency.
Each family also went home with their winter Essentials Basket thanks to amazing donors who helped provide supplies!
Anita (name changed to protect her identity) is a single mom of two kids who escaped a horrifically abusive relationship that left her unable to work due to injuries and health issues. She has been working hard to get off disability but has to get to vital medical appointments in the meantime to keep the little bit of income she receives. However, she didn’t own a car. Thanks to the generosity of donors, Anita now owns a car. Their donation left her completely speechless but will undoubtedly change her life.
Jaleesa, with the support of her family liaison, April, secured housing after being homeless and living in a hotel. FFC helped her with the deposit and furnishing the apartment. And, she topped off the first year of being in the Family Success Program by landing a job as a cashier at Burlington’s.
Quineisha got a job in childcare where she can also bring her young daughter. This is ideal for her family situation. She accomplished this huge goal despite COVID-19 delaying her starting and we are so very proud! Congratulations Quineisha!
Crystal and Tommy
Starr and Leonardo
Derrick and his family had been without reliable transportation for several years until a generous friend of Families Forward Charlotte donated a used car to us. This donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, has impacted Derrick’s life as well as the lives of his wife and three children immeasurably.
Prior to receiving this gift of a car, they walked miles and miles every day to get to and from work, to the grocery store, and for all of the other appointments and errands that a family of five needs to attend to. Most of us take for granted the cars in our driveways and the ease with which we can safely navigate around our city. This was not the case for Derrick’s family. Walking everywhere took up valuable family time and Derrick, who is a veteran, was even the victim of a hit-and-run while walking to the store one night. Now that they have reliable transportation, they feel that a prayer has been answered.
As a School Social Worker I’ve researched numerous organizations that could help guide families forward. FFC is literally a dream come true. I’ve seen complete transformations with many of our families. During carpool today one father ran up to me smiling so hard and thanked me for connecting him with FFC. He said my life changed because of you… I just received my citizenship. I had to hold my tears back to finish communicating with him about his hard work and dedication and how his life changed because he utilized the resources and support presented to him. I don’t know where many of our families would be without FFC… myself included.Rose Smith
I want to thank you all SO much for helping us with rent. This new job has been amazing and challenging so far, but it is taking is some adjusting to the new schedules (work, paychecks, after school care, etc). I am so appreciative of all of the support you have given us.
I have always wanted to be a software developer, but I sort of meant it in the way that a child says that they want to be an astronaut. It is not something I ever thought would truly happen. Without the help from you all, it never would have happened. Getting Sophie into after school, getting a wardrobe together, and going without a paycheck for a month are obstacles my family never could have overcome on our own. I can honestly say that Families Forward has made my dreams come true. I can not thank you enough.Latoya