For many of us, the holiday season and approaching New Year represent a time for reflection and to make preparations for a fresh start. For Scott (fictitious name), his fresh start has been several years in the making and culminated this month in successfully moving out of our housing program!
There is a lot of activity on Wall Street, Amazon.com, and shopping malls preparing for the holiday season and 2018. We are also experiencing high demand for services at our Shelter and requests for housing assistance. Since July 1 there have been 10,231 over-night stays in our women’s and men’s shelter. Fifty-two different families contacted our Housing Office for housing assistance and referrals in October.
Housing rights advocates and homeless services organizations like Humility of Mary understand homeless shelters are not the solution to ending homelessness. Homeless shelters are expensive to operate and manage. And similar to jails / prisons, juvenile detention centers, hospital emergency rooms, behavior health units, homeless shelters too often provide the last refuge for persons who have “fallen through the cracks.”
But for many experiencing a critical housing crisis, shelters like Humility of Mary Shelter are life-saving. Our first priority is to offer safety, stability, and trust. We ask questions later. Low-barrier shelters like ours provide a place to receive unconditional support to help repair damaged relationships of the past and the foundation and stepping stones to developing a fresh start.
Scott is a US Military Veteran. He has struggled with substance use and mental health challenges.
Scott has been living in HMSI’s Permanent Supportive Housing Program for 4 years. There, he worked on goals, such as going back to work, reconnecting with family and maintaining sobriety. Scott’s Service Coordinators brought wrap-around services to him, in his own safe apartment. Now, he is benefiting from those multiple contacts and relationships with Shelter, veterans’ programs, our Permanent Supportive Housing Program, and Davenport Housing Authority.
4 Years Prep for Fresh Start
After four years of being on Davenport’s Section 8 waiting list, and making progress on addressing his goals, Scott moved into his own apartment the first week of December. Scott will remain in contact with his Humility of Mary Service Coordinator. He’s well on his way to long-term stability with a good paying job and a fresh start to 2018.
Congratulations Scott! May your Fresh Start in 2018 be blessed and supported by those who love you and those you love.