Remember the family of 6 that I told you about walking into our office on good friday in the pouring rain with no place to sleep that night? The initial success was we were able to get them into housing, and get the father restarted on medication so he could control his blood pressure.
Today that Father has successfully lowered his blood pressure and accepted a job driving for the port of Tacoma, he starts next Tuesday at $15/hour and full medical benefits immediately. If he makes it through his 90 day probationary period his salary will increase to $18/hr. The mom of that family was taken by a case manger to a driving school today to prepare test to be re-issued a drivers license. When the owner of South Hill Driving School found out that it was Helping Hand House that would be paying for this service, he said that he would like to donate the cost – awesome because we had planned to pay for it our of our general operating funds.
Realizing that this family has no car, our Development Director Jamie has found a donor that is willing to give them a car once they are both able to show they have their license and insurance (this is why mom went to driving school today). By the end of next week, this family that was about to sleep in the park with literally nothing one month ago, may be planning on next steps to transition out of our emergency housing with a car, an income, medical benefits, and the mom is enrolling (next week) in a office training program through Washington Women’s Employment and Education. How cool is this!
I also have the pleasure of telling you that the MOU with Puyallup school district has been executed by the Superintendent and myself and we will begin to work to place a couple of their high risk homeless families directly into some of our housing as early as next week.
This week we had 4 staff (myself included) participate in the WA State Homelessness Conference in Yakima and another staff member volunteer at and attend the state Fair Housing conference in Tacoma. It’s been a busy week and I think everyone is ready for a three day weekend. I hope you all have a great long weekend as well.