Changing Lives at Lincoln Place
Residents at Lincoln Place continue to make great strides during the first year in which the building has been open.
Alan Cooley came to reside at Lincoln Place April 7. He was working with Share outreach staff, Pam and Willie, for a few years prior to coming into our Housing First program. Alan had fallen prey to predators who knew when his weekly stipends would arrive. Being a vulnerable adult, it was easy for those predators to talk Alan into almost anything; including giving away all his money, his clothing, and various other resources.
Alan is no longer being taken advantage of and has a place to call home. He is most excited about having a stereo and throw rugs. He is beginning to nest and it’s a wonderful sight to behold.
Cori Thompson moved into Lincoln Place when Lincoln Place first opened. After
experiencing years of homelessness, she was grateful to be housed. She progressed throughout the year being a good neighbor, working on ensuring she was going to the doctor to address her mental health issues and making plans for her future.
Confident about her progress, Cori met with Olivia Resnik, our Housing First Director, and told her she felt ready to take the next step towards total independence with her life. She asked to be moved from Lincoln Place into an apartment through the Housing & Urban Development (HUD) scattered site program for the chronically homeless, living independently, but with continued case management services.
Working with her case manager, Cori was approved and moved into her new home on April 17. Cori was very excited to move on to the next chapter in her life.
Lincoln Place’s is showing, each and every day, how the housing first program can truly transform the lives of people who had previously faced years of struggle.
Download a PDF version of the Summer 2017 Edition of ‘Sharing Lives’ to read all the stories from this quarter.
Don’t Take No For An Answer
Just one hiccup on life’s journey can have a lasting impact. Bryan, Amanda and their son, Isaiah, experienced this first-hand last year when Bryan was evicted.
At the time, Bryan (36) and Amanda (35) were separated. Both were, and today remain, employed, Bryan as a certified nursing assistant and Amanda is working for a temp agency. The couple reconciled and together had to face the consequences of an eviction on Bryan’s credit history.
This was the first time either had been homeless. They contacted the Council for the Homeless, but no shelter space was available, so they lived in hotels for a couple of months. In September, Bryan got a call that a room was open at Share Homestead.
“Living in a shelter alongside many other people was stressful for me, as I have anxiety issues, so I was grateful that my therapy dog, Phoebe, was able to live with us,” shared Bryan.
Bryan contacted numerous apartment complexes, but the search for a new home was not easy. Despite their ability to meet income requirements, the eviction was a blight on their record. “I exhausted myself making calls and was ready to give up.” Click here to read more about Bryan and Amanda.
Download a PDF version of the Spring 2017 Edition of ‘Sharing Lives’ to read all the stories from this quarter.
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.