Hands to Help Ministries provided financial assistance and supportive services to almost 100 people in the past year. For our neighbors struggling with homelessness or in danger of losing their home, this assistance can be life-changing.
One such neighbor is Cora. Cora was chronically homeless and living under the blue line viaduct when we met her. Our outreach worker developed a trusting relationship with her over time. When she felt comfortable, she started coming to our office at St. John’s Episcopal Church to talk about improving her living situation. In a sad turn of events, her friend’s partner passed away and was left alone with a child and rent she could not afford. Cora turned to Hands to Help for assistance with moving in so she could help her friend and obtain permanent housing. Our financial assistance helped stabilize their situation, and Cora has been happy in her new home for nearly a year.
Another neighbor, Mr. Jones, has been previously homeless in this area, and was in danger of becoming homeless once again. HTH staff had numerous interactions with Mr. Jones. Services provided included updating Mr. Jones’s resume, providing assistance in job applications, and counseling about do’s and don’t’s in phone conversations with hiring managers. In addition, HTH was able to cover interim rent payments for Mr. Jones, removing any anxiety about