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Diary

Jun 9- Back on February 10 we posted "Melanie's" story. She lost 1 of her jobs and was facing a court-ordered eviction. We coordinated support across 6 agencies and were able to prevent her from having to go to a shelter. This week we made the follow-up call to see how she's doing, 4 months later. Great news is, she's current with all bills and able to stay that way.

May 23- After winning a bout with cancer, "Charles" was faced with yet another hurdle. His disability income was terminated before he was cleared to return to work full-time. And then came the shut-off notice for his electric bill. We were there to help "Charles" because so many of you continue to support us.

May 20- "Rachel's" Story
Late April = unexpected financial set-back
May 3 = 10-day shut-off notice from the electric company but, in anticipation of the notice, she made an appointment w/ ACT in Faith to get assistance on May 8
THAT SAID, May 6 = electric company shut her off...7 days early!
Thanks to our donors we were able to assist and show Rachel that she is NOT alone! Thank you donors!

Feb 26- Once a victim of domestic violence finds a safe shelter they need to forge their path forward, which just adds to their already overwhelming situation. With the support of our donors, we are here to remove some of the barriers and help clear the path forward. Bus tokens to get to work or an interview, resume/job search, pre-employment expenses, cell phone, security deposit, clothing -all are things that many of us take for granted - yet all are things that are be huge hurdles for those on the road to empowerment.

Nov 30 - Over the years we're developed a partnership with a local drug/alcohol treatment center. We have helped many with the security deposit and employment support services needed to enter the center's longterm housing program and obtain employment so they can cover their rent going forward. The recovery road has manyhurdles, we try to remove the ones we can.

Oct 20 - Despite already living on a very lean income, "Val" had to leave her job for health reasons. By the time she found a new job, her electric was in "shut off status" and she would lose her service before her first paycheck. We were able to provide the "hand up" by paying the $232 arrears to prevent the shut-off and "Val" will be able to handle her bills going forward.

Oct 14 - "Jennifer" was released from the hospital into homelessness, 40 miles from where she was living prior to being hospitalized. Luckily, our local shelter had a bed for her. She's working hard to rebuild her life and needed an new ID to get access to housing and other social service benefits. We were able to renew her CDL license which not only gives her benefit access, it allows her to seek new employment as a bus driver...her pre-hospitalization occupation. Our donors have removed yet another barrier and yet again, someone's life has been changed for less that $100 ($94.50 to be exact).

Aug 15 - Dear Act in Faith Staff: Thank you so much for your kindness and help with my electric bill. It was a pleasure meeting with you and I appreciate the time you have all taken to help me during this difficult time. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! Sincerely, "Janet"
And to that we say: To Janet, it was an pleasure meeting you and an honor to assist.
To our Donors: Thank You!