I-HELP Impacts Lives
Shari is 42 years old and never planned to be homeless. “My bills became more than I was making,” she says. “I couldn’t afford my rent so I planned to move in with a friend, pay down my debt and then get another apartment.
The living arrangements did not work out. By then, Shari had given up her apartment. With all her family living out of town, Shari was left with few options. She ended up living in her car until an acquaintance shared a list of area shelters with her. I-HELP was one of them.
“It was my first time being homeless,” she shares. “I didn’t know what to expect; I was terrified. My initial thought was that I do not belong here. But, I was able to get a good night’s rest and maintain a good appearance and attitude. Only people at my job knew what I was going through.”
During the six months Shari was with the I-HELP program, she was able to save enough money to move to California where her sister lives and find a new job. “Right now I am doing well,” Shari notes. “I am paying my bills and starting to look for an apartment of my own. Everyone should know, not all homeless people are dirty, lazy or some kind of addict. Anyone can become homeless; all it takes is the right set of circumstances or hardship.”
“The I-Help program is amazing. It helps an individual get back on their feet while being provided the necessities of life and allowing and individual to keep his/her dignity. I thank ALL the individuals involved in the I-Help program, from the bottom of my heart. Thank you!”
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