May 14 -Coming home to "EVICTION NOTICE" hanging on your front door would be enough to shatter most anyone. It took the coordinated efforts of 2 social service organizations, the hard working tenant (who took on a PT job in addition to her full-time job), and a property manager with compassion to prevent this piece of paper from leading to homelessness. Working together = one less person entering a Chester County shelter.
May 11 -"Oh my gosh! I can't thank you guys enough for all you've done for me...seriously, I don't know where I'd be without your help!" We don't share praise like this to solicit awe. We share because when "Jay" came to visit this week he was beaming ...he came to tell us that he just started a great job and is close to securing housing. We share because a $30.50 photo ID and $80 for a cell phone can be life-changing. We share so our donors know how invaluable & appreciated their support is to the "Jays" in our community.
Apr 25 - The "littlest" things can make a "HUGEST" difference. "Paula" is currently a shelter resident trying to get a fresh start. Employment, housing,and many other benefits all hung in the balance because she didn't have a photo ID or a copy of her birth certificate. Our donors support us, so we can be here to support the countless "Paulas" in our community. She left here today with a $20 check for PA Vital Records and a $30.50 check for PENNDOT...and the respective forms completed. Two little pieces of paper = HUGE barriers. As little as $50.50 = HUGE life-changing potential.
Mar 23 - It's all about working together...today we worked with St. Agnes Outreach Services and St. Vincent de Paul (SS Siman & Jude chapter) to help a man, going through a very rough personal situation, stay housed.
Mar 16 - "Mel" had been working hard to get his life back on track but living where there are no sidewalks, or a even footpath, getting where he needed to go and getting to ANY possible employment became a MAJOR barrier. We were able to get "Mel" a much-needed bike and now he's back on the road...in more ways than one.
Feb 5 - "I am so grateful for your help. You helped me when I needed it the most." Upon following up with "Anita" she expressed her gratitude for all that you, our supports have done.
Feb 1 - If you are living in a shelter, a cell phone is much more than a modern convenience...it’s a life line. For many shelter residents, ACT in Faith is the sole resource to keep them on the communication grid. In 2017, we provided phone support for 55 people — helping them stay in contact with potential employers, potential landlords, case workers, doctors etc.. As little as a $25 phone card can change a person’s life.
DEC 21 - "Emily's" life took an unexpected turn and she found herself with an empty oil tank and no money to fill it. 100 gallons of oil addressed her immediate need but we knew we needed to do more. Our staff helped identify other resources to help her reduce her bills and worked with her to create a budget that fits her new circumstances. Both received and grateful, "Emily" said she feels she can manage on her own going forward.