A veteran contacted us through our website. He has had a hard road and asked for some help to straighten his path to independent living. Many years ago, undiagnosed issues led him to activity that led him to jail. After serving his time, medical and psychological treatment for severe PTSD, he got assistance from Veterans’ Outreach with a deposit for a new apartment. He kept that apartment for over 3 years.
Recently, his son moved out, and his voucher amount was changed. He lost his apartment and has been homeless. He contacted us again and was turned down due to a snag in our system. However, he persisted in a calm and respectful way. After further investigation, we were able to help him with the deposit for a new apartment. He expressed his gratitude with these words, “thank you and the entire staff for believing in the veteran, it meant so much to me that you gave me a second chance. I promise to give it my all.”
He has taken a “really messed up” life and changed it to a life with hope because he took the initiative to accept responsibility for his life.
Today, we would like to share a “Case of the Week” from our corporate office in Liberty Ohio. A veteran and his wife visited our office today, very distraught. Although they are a working couple, they had gotten behind with their water bill, and the utility had been shut off for a few days now. Other unforeseen issues had cropped up and depleted their funds.
The amount due was high. Bob, our Services Director, was able to negotiate with the water company to reduce the bill and get the reconnection fee waived. Veterans’ Outreach was able to pay a large portion of the bill and the water was turned on the same day. We were also able to give them a large tote of groceries as well. The couple was relieved, grateful, and eager to move forward with their lives.
Today, we share a “Case of the Week” from our Sarasota, FL office.
We were contacted by a veteran who has some employment but, with 3 children (ages 2, 4, and 6) when Hurricane Irma struck Tampa, she could not work (employed by Engineering Consulting Services to inspect and report on roadway asphalt and concrete problems) as her Day Care facility was forced to close. Her husband is in a treatment facility for a painkiller problem and she was evicted from her home for non-payment. She is temporarily staying with her sister-in-law, who also has 3 children, but she needs money for food, personal items like diapers, and gas. We were able to help her get back on her feet through a check from our Emergency Fund, and she is extremely grateful.