Client Stories – Helping Others

 

Breaking the cycle of poverty….

“M” was working full time and could not afford an apartment for herself and her four children, ages 1, 2, 6 and 10.  They bounced around living in her car at times, and occasionally with her minister and his wife.  When she could afford it, she treated her family to a night in a motel room.  Her dream is to go to college and buy a home for her family.   M is smart, works hard, and has an amazing attitude.  She loves her FHF apartment even though it’s a tight squeeze for the five of them.  Finally she has a place to call home.

“D” and her three daughters became homeless when they lost their rental home due to sporadic child support from the girls’ father.  Ds job didn’t pay enough to cover the bills. Leaving their home and schools to join FHF has been very difficult for her teenagers but counseling is helping and they are starting to feel at home in their lives.  D is taking a computer class now and will start taking classes at COD next semester.

“L” has just completed her nursing degree, successfully passed her boards and is currently enrolled in completing a bachelor’s degree which will allow her to work as a nurse in a hospital setting.  Through FHF support, L was able to stabilize her life, obtain medical/psychiatric/counseling support for her eleven-year-old daughter. L is now employed as an RN in a residential facility.  L’s oldest daughter continues to be challenged with severe mental health issues but L has had extraordinary support from her mentors and medical professionals who have helped her advocate for her daughter.  Her dream is to save enough money to buy a home for her family.

“P” loved her summer internship in Human Resources, and has been offered a full-time job in HR, upon completing her final semester as a teacher’s aid in the Plainfield School District.  Through FHF support, P was able to leave an abusive marriage with her 3 teenage boys, stabilize her life as a single parent and pursue a new career path that provides her with greater earning potential to support her family. FHF has also supported her oldest son with a modest scholarship to supplement the numerous grants and financial aid he obtained in order to attend Bradley University this fall.  P and her family have blossomed with strong support from her FHF mentors and access to a network of professional services.

“G” came to the United States in an arranged marriage.  She soon discovered that her husband was abusive, mentally ill and could not work.  They lived with his parents who controlled every aspect of her life.  She and her daughter escaped to a battered woman’s shelter and then found her way to FHF.  G didn’t smile or talk much when we first met her last year.  She’s a different woman now!  G is doing really well in the Health Information Technology program at COD and working part-time.  She’s quick to laugh and feeling happy about her future. Her nine-year-old daughter is impressively smart and enjoying the challenging PI program at her school.  (Project IDEA is for gifted and talented students in grades four through eight)