Turning Desperation into Opportunity


Posted on February 21, 2019

Jenny* was the primary caretaker for her father, who had become increasingly senile and abusive over time. After more than a year without employment, she and her father had been homeless for three months. They were living in their car with their two cats with temperatures well below freezing.

When Jenny first approached her Navigator, her hair was falling out from stress. She was unable to afford food, clothes or gas to take her to work, and had no hope of saving enough money for a security deposit on an apartment.

The Navigator was able to connect Jenny and her father with an emergency shelter and food resources, as well as a cat boarding house that agreed to waive all fees. While Jenny began searching for apartments, her Navigator helped her secure $2,300 assistance towards an old energy bill, $600 in deposit assistance from a local agency, and furniture and other household items.

After settling in her new home, Jenny worked with her Navigator to find affordable counseling to help her develop strategies for handling her father’s mood swings. With her home life stabilized and new skills for coping with stress, Jenny earned a promotion to a permanent position at work.

Topics: financial stability, housing, mental health, grants & loans,


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*Names have been changed to preserve employee confidentiality