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Meet Janie and George
Janie didn’t enjoy living on the streets, but she had become accustomed to it after having lost her job and home as she struggled with addiction. She slept at bus stops, quiet parks and sometimes in her car when she could. It was a hard way to live, but this went on for months, until one day, she decided enough was enough and it was time to get clean and improve her life.
Janie reached out to Halle Women’s Center for help. Only weeks after moving in, she found a temporary job that helped her save money to fix her car, which enabled her to find a more permanent position she loves with the help of UMOM’s Workforce Development staff. She even won a Fry’s gift card for her excellent efforts at her new job.
Janie is now on a path to stability: at the end of January, she moved into an affordable apartment of her own.
Not long after George was discharged from the Army 20 years ago, he was hurt in a car accident, which left him with back injuries that caused him chronic pain. Despite his health problems, George worked whatever jobs he could and went to college part-time.
But George’s health issues continued to surface and after having to take time off to heal, the family was short on cash. Although his wife has a full-time job, it’s not enough to cover living expenses, including raising a teenage son with special needs. They had to rely on George’s retirement to help pay the bills. At the same time, their landlord raised the rent too high for them to afford.
The family was forced to stay in hotels, seeking assistance from Veterans’ groups to help pay for rooms. George got on the waiting list for UMOM’s family emergency shelter and within a few weeks, a space opened for them. While at UMOM, George was able to get medical help for his health issues and assistance expediting his application for disability. Workforce Development staff helped him find a part-time job to supplement the family’s income and housing specialists helped the family find an affordable apartment.