13 Dec After Fire, Homefirst Helps A Family Find A New Home
If asked, “What’s the difference between a house and a home?” our response would be that houses are merely physical structures that exist whether or not a family occupies them. Homes, however, are places where people live and where they can feel a sense of belonging.
For more than 30 years, Homefirst has championed the cause of affordable housing and advocated valiantly for families and individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Our goal has been to make sure they have a place where they can feel they belong.
Let me tell you a story about one of our clients. His name is Tyrone. March 15, 2018 is forever etched into Tyrone’s memory because it’s the day that he and his wife and four young children lost everything. The day started as an ordinary day. Tyrone left home for work, his wife dropped the kids off and came back home and went about her everyday activities. She was totally unaware that a fire had started in the house until a stranger knocked on her door and alerted her. “I thank God for the angel who saw the fire and warned my wife get out before the whole house was engulfed in flames,” says Tyrone.
Recalling that day, Tyrone says, “We had lived in that house 14 years and, naturally, losing everything hurt. My daughters were crying and asking why. Why did this happen to us?” Determined to be a source of strength and comfort, Tyrone explained that life sometimes brings adversity, but he told his family that “this is going to make us stronger.” He encouraged them and assured them that it was all going to get better.
In just a little over two months, the situation did get better. With the help of Homefirst, Tyrone and his family moved from a shelter and into a new home to call their own. Tyrone credits the staff at Homefirst for their compassion and prompt response. “After being in the shelter for two-and-a-half months, Homefirst found us a new home. That was such a blessing,” says Tyrone.
Tara Hilliard, Property Manager at Homefirst, remembers the day she took Tyrone and his family to their new place. “I’ll never forget the look on Tyrone’s face when I unlocked the door and he stepped in and saw how gorgeous that apartment was,” says Tara.
The team at Homefirst was instrumental in ensuring that this displaced family of six received the assistance they needed during this difficult time. And through Homefirst’s partnerships with Family Promise and other local social service programs, all their furniture needs in their new home were also taken care of.
Without the help of generous donors like you, Tyrone and his family would not have received such life-changing gifts so quickly. We at Homefirst thank you for being a positive force in this family’s life and in the lives of other families like Tyrone’s.
In this season of giving, would you please consider making a generous donation to Homefirst to help ensure that we can continue to be there for Tyrone and families like his. Ninety percent of every dollar donated to Homefirst goes directly to services for homeless individuals and families. Consider these facts:
Your donation of
- $5,000 helps a family move into transitional housing with furniture, food and clothing for three months.
- $2,500 covers the comprehensive job training program for six people.
- $1,500 pays for summer camp for two children.
- $1,030 pays rent for one month.
- $500 feeds a family of four for six weeks.
- $240 covers the cost of GED exam fees for five people who want to build better lives for themselves and their families.
- $150 heats a family’s home for one month.
- $52 supports our food program to make sure children and their families have three meals a day.
On behalf of Homefirst’s board, staff, volunteers and clients, I wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season!
Interim Executive Director