Diary

Nov 24 - Yesterday - a referral from another org. - homeless woman stranded in W.C. (our shelter's are full so she's been sleeping in her car) - slashed tires and a battery in need of a charge. 

Today - our friends @ Dave's Automotive Repair to the rescue - charged battery - new tires - she's back on the road to shelter in Lancaster.Thank you Dave's for being an amazing community partner!

OCT 28 - In 2015....

  • Monthly cost of housing someone in our local shelter=$1,350
  • # of household evictions we have prevented=24
  • # of people who are no longer shelter residents because we were able to provide security deposit funding=14

The support we receive you that allows us to be the "hand up" for so many in our community...PRICELESS!

OCT 27 - As a 100% donor funded organization, we maintain the flexibility to provide "gap" services that go unaddressed by other government funded resources. Phone minutes, a PO Box, bus passes, a photo ID, work clothing...items that, the absence of which can totally derail someone on the road to self sustainability. Thank you to all of our donors for making it possible for us to help people, help themselves.

OCT 3 - 6pm on a cold, rainy Friday night. All the shelters are full and a woman reaches out for help ... she is alone and has no place to go. Through partnership, ACT in Faith and the WC Salvation Army worked to: get her sheltered for the weekend in a local hotel, and a plan to help her moving forward on Monday. Assisting the Community Together...

Sept 24 - "If ACT in Faith hadn't given me help (in 2013), I don't think I'd be in my apartment now...I'd have lost it." 
Suffering from permanent damage after a stroke, unable to work, and awaiting approval of disability benefits, this gentleman needed rental assistance. He didn't want to lose the home he'd lived in for 9 years. Two years later...he's still in the same home.
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.