Alice came to St Francis House this year, in August, with her two sons. When I met her, she needed a place to stay, and a way to transition to permanent housing. At that time several other shelters weren’t able to take her. She had relocated to Gainesville from a Domestic Violence situation. She came to us homeless and feeling hopeless. When I told her that I would be able to take her into the shelter, she cried from relief.
Working with her case manager, and grateful to be in a shelter, Alice worked toward her goals. She got a job after a few weeks. Through in kind donations made to SFH, we provided clothing and school supplies for her children.
SFH’s case management services helped her find housing through a local Primary Care Clinic, Meridian. In addition to housing resources, Meridian enrolled her in a life skills program designed to help her get back on her feet. After finding assistance to pay a utilities bill, and patience to wait for her home to pass inspection, Alice moved from the SFH two months after we coming to us.
Alice’s success shows how St. Francis House provides transitions to permanent housing for homeless families in our community. She inspires other residents, and is proof that people can make significant changes in their lives with the right support and hard work.
Jessica L. Miller, MSM
Saint Francis House Case Manager