January 14, 2014

Today we assisted a shelter resident who is ready to move to an place of her own but needed to pay the arrears on her storage unit in order to get everything that she owes out of storage.

 

484-324-8492  212 S. High St. West Chester, PA 19382  contact@actinfaithgwc.org

Diary

Sept 11 -We know a gentleman who has been "couch surfing" for quite some time...laying his head wherever a friend/family can accommodate. We helped create his resume...we connected him with a few job leads (in addition to the few he had on his own) and he called yesterday to tell us he landed one of the jobs! Next step...saving up for housing of his own.
Spet 1 -"You were there when I needed you. That means a lot." These are the words of a man who came to us last year for rental assistance. We helped him avoid eviction and we suggested he contact a local organization for guidance on how to budget his limited income....and he did. He tells us it's not always easy but he has been able to keep up with his expenses ever since.
Aug 18 -Our volunteers made some follow-up calls to see how folks are going months after they visited us. One man said that we helped with his PECO bill which kept his electric from being shut-off. He said our volunteer told him about the PECO CAPS program or low-income households and as a result, he's been able to pay his bill every month.
 
July 23 - A family in need of large kitchen appliances - occasional
A donor with large kitchen appliances - less occasional
Having both at the same time & brawn to handle delivery - a rare gift!
Thanks to a generous donor and Men of Mission from First Presbyterian Church a local family now has a new stove & refrigerator!
July 14 - Sometimes there's just no being prepared for what life brings. When "Lynn's" purse (ID, banking info, etc...) was stolen it was like dominos tumbling...each issue triggering the next. One minute she's a single mom of 4 working hard to make ends meet and the next...she's behind in rent and facing eviction. Our donors are here for us so that we can be here for someone like Lynn, faced with the unexpected.

 

June 19 - What a day! Trained 2 new Cupboard volunteers, assisted a young man with his resume, phone minutes, PECO bill & Job Locator application, helped another man complete a rental application, provided support for yet another to get his bike repaired (his only means of transportation to and from work) ...and distributed bus passes, groceries, grocery cards and some clothing
June 08 - Received 300 rolls of paper towels compliments of the Rotary Club of West Chester! This donation with get us through the summer...Thank you , thank you, thank you!
May 31 - Year to date, we have prevented 13 evictions, 11 utility shut-offs, distributed 11,243 lbs. of groceries, provided transportation support for 27 and job search/resume support for 27 more.  In addition, we filled 42 requests for items such as clothing, home goods and baby supplies.  In total, 220 households have been assisted since January 1, 2015.

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