Ms. Sarah Jones a single parent moved to Bowling Green Kentucky from Kalamazoo, Michigan with two teenage children. Homeless with very little money the family checked into the Salvation Army homeless facility. She indicated that she had spent most of her money on motel stays since leaving Michigan. Ms. Jones stated the reason she relocated was to escape an abusive domestic violence situation and to try to make a better life for her and her children. Ms. Jones is disabled with a physical condition that limits her mobile ability. Also, one of Ms. Jones children was diagnosed with having Bipolar Disorder and required some special arrangement.
Ms. Jones was encouraged to stay and assured the Center of Hope would do what we could for her and her family. She proved to be an exceptional individual and was determined to succeed in her quest for a safe and secure home for her and her family.
During her interview, it was determined that she did have social security for herself and her daughter in the amount of $500 for each, but she would not receive her next check until the next month.
Ms. Jones expressed her gratitude for having such an organization like The Salvation Army to help her in her time of need.
During their 45 days of lodging, we were able to help assist her with enrolling her children in school. We gave them clothing and started Ms. Jones looking for permanent affordable housing with a list of property owners and real estate companies. She was also assisted in obtaining food stamps.
Ms Jones was successful in finding a trailer and the rent was within her income means due to the generosity of the owner. We referred her to Community Action for the first month deposit. She was also given several pieces of furniture, from the thrift store to help her and her family get started again.
Ms. Jones expressed her gratitude for having such an organization like The Salvation Army to help her in her time of need