Susan moved to the Rescue Outreach Mission on June 3, 2009. Before coming to the Rescue Outreach Mission, Susan and her three boys were living with family in Orlando, Florida. Her family decided that they could no longer stay with them, which resulted in her family being homeless. After staying at a hotel for two nights, she finally found the Rescue Outreach Mission. She then relocated and came to Sanford.
The Mission gave Susan and her boys a safe place to rest their heads at night. The case manager met with Susan and assessed her needs of adequate childcare and employment. Families in Transition was called by the case manager to help get the oldest two kids enrolled in school. Susan was also referred to 4C to get the youngest son into daycare and the oldest two kids into before and after care.
Susan was already a Certified Nurses Assistant, but was in need of a job. She worked really hard putting in applications and looking for jobs. Her case manager also provided job leads. It was very hard for her at first because she did not have the proper child care, but Susan prayed hard and kept the faith. She became employed at the Health and Rehabilitation Center of Sanford as a CNA on August 11, 2009 and has been employed since.
By attending financial literacy classes, one-on-one credit counseling, and receiving assistance with childcare, food, and shelter, Susan has become self-sufficient again. Susan’s next and most important goal was to find permanent housing. Through a new collaborative called Pathways to Home, Susan was given the opportunity to receive permanent housing. The case manager referred Susan to Pathways to Home which assisted her by locating a place to call home, paying a portion of her rent and utilities, and creating a support system through continued family team meetings. On January 2, 2010, Susan moved into a beautiful 3 bedroom/2 bathroom home.
Through case management and support from the Rescue Outreach Mission, Susan has regained hope for her future and her children’s future. We are very proud of Susan for her accomplishments and we are here to continue to assist Susan in continuing her journey.