First-time Family Homelessness On the Rise
Nationwide, a more than 50% increase has been seen in rural and suburban family homelessness. The following is a story as told by single mom, Nicole, mother of three children (two teenagers, one elementary-school aged) who spent time earlier this year at Share Orchards Inn.
“Share Orchards Inn opened up the door to lots of services for me. This is my first time experiencing homelessness. I’ve never even had any major hardships in my life and I’m not familiar with the systems of getting help.
“Since coming here, it’s helped me to identify my barriers to housing, helped me get some credit counseling, so that I can get things back under control and get back into housing.
“I’ve been working the whole time, which is probably a little bit odd for some to think of when they think of homeless people. But any more it’s the experience of homelessness, not just someone who doesn’t work or abuses drugs or chooses to be homeless. It’s actually a very hard world out there and once you lose your home, I had no idea how hard it was to try to find another one.
Click here to read more of Nicole’s story.
Download a PDF version of the Fall 2016 Sharing Lives Newsletter to read all the stories from this quarter.
Share Partners with Clark College Foundation to Provide 8:1 Savings Match for Students
“I like to take challenges and try new things,” said Sameayah. “One day, I’d like to open my own early childhood education center.”
Which is why Sameayah was a great candidate for a new opportunity through our Individual Savings Account (IDA) Program: Share and Clark College Foundation have partnered to provide an 8:1 savings match for students who qualify for the Share IDA Program. Students agree to save $500 and will be matched with $4,000 for tuition, books, and fees that will be paid directly to Clark College.
“It’s a very beneficial program that teaches you how to be a better saver and manage your assets,” shared Sameayah. “It’s not just saving, you have to work and learn from the process, which has been inspiring for me.” Click here to read more about Sameayah and our IDA Program.
Download a PDF version of the Spring 2016 Edition of ‘Sharing Lives‘ to read all the stories from this quarter.
Share began in 1979 when a group of compassionate individuals began serving the homeless and hungry of our community. A formal Board of Directors was developed in 1982, establishing a set of policies and procedures. In 1983, 501(c)3 status was granted by the Internal Revenue Service.