21 Apr Affected by Cerebral Palsy, Homefirst Steps in to Help A Mom and Her Family
Meet Mrs. Gomez-Diaz, a New York native, wife, and mother to sons, 4 and 5 years of age. Despite facing daily challenges with mobility due to cerebral palsy, she maintains a spirit of optimism. There was a time, however, that she remembers when her situation was not so positive. “I wanted to give up…then I looked at my husband and my kids and was like, I can’t give up because I have children.”
The housing subsidy process proved to be a difficult process to manage with Mrs. Gomez-Diaz’s disability and two young children. They were 1 and 2 years old at the time. As she was unable to manage this process, she, unfortunately, lost her housing voucher. With no other options, her family was forced to move to a shelter for two months before Homefirst was able to intervene.
Mrs. Gomez-Diaz recounts her experience with Homefirst, “I love the case manager I have now. She’s amazing. And that’s what you need. You need people that can handle people like us.” The family specialists at Homefirst worked with her to ensure that, not only did she have a place to call home, but that her environment catered to her disability. With dark days behind her, she recalls, with excitement, when she first moved into her Homefirst apartment. “I was like a kid, opening the doors to see everything. It was the first time in my life that I saw an apartment so big.”
Today we are happy to report that the Gomez-Diaz family continues to thrive in the Homefirst community. Additionally, Homefirst has been able to provide the family with winter coats and holiday toys for their children.
It is stories and many more like these that help a community grow and prosper.
Homeless, not helpless means Homefirst is here to help.