These success stories are from our Help*Works Community Resource Program. Help*Works annually assists more than 1,000 families living at or below the poverty level. Referrals to Help*Works come from the Dept. of Social Services, the Dept. of Health, the Office of Mental Health, Salvation Army, churches, and other community agencies and organizations as well as self-referrals. Learn more about Help*Works.
HELPING THOSE IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD
A client came to use after a fire in an apartment complex, and your apartment is now smoke damaged. Everything in your apartment is ruined and you cannot stay there. You are laid off from your job and are currently looking for work. You do not have the funds for first months’ rent on a new apartment. What do you do? The individual contacted caseworker Jessica Pierce at Catholic Charities of Livingston County regarding his situation. The caseworker was able to help the client in many ways. We assisted the client with first months’ rent (with the collaboration of the Salvation Army), furniture, and Good Will gift cards for clothing. We also collaborated with a church to help pay the clients car insurance payment. The client wrote a letter to the caseworker stating “I wanted to take a minute to thank you for your kind assistance with my rent payment. Without your contribution, I might not have a roof over my head. Not only did you help, you also listened politely, your help has made it possible for me to focus on the good, pick myself up, and keep going.”
Imagine this…… You are a hard-working single mother of 3 young children. Your home that you are renting to own was just condemned by the Local Code Enforcement and the Health Department. Your home has been determined uninhabitable due to severe mold, fire safety hazards, a single functioning door, burning outlets, and non-functioning smoke detectors. You are now told you must leave the home immediately and leave everything behind. You have nowhere to go. What do you do? This single mother contacted caseworker Jessica Pierce at Catholic Charities of Livingston County regarding her situation. Jessica was able to help the client in many ways. We assisted the client with finding a place to stay until she found a new apartment, diapers, personal hygiene items, gas cards to get back and forth to her job, gift cards for clothing, Easter baskets, furniture, and her security deposit. The caseworker also collaborated with Focus on the Children who gave the family new mattresses, box springs, bed frames, bedding, and pillows for all three children. The client shared “Your charity has done amazing things for my family, thank you, I cannot possibly express how I feel regarding all that has been done for us. I greatly thank you all for all the services your charity has provided for my family. I am genuinely grateful for all that has been done.”