Thanks to support from people like you, we are able to offer help out of crisis and move individuals and families beyond crisis and toward stability. We invite you to join us in our mission this June by showcasing your support for moving individuals and families beyond crisis and towards stability. Make a contribution of any amount and your name will be featured on the Beyond Crisis Page of Support on our website this summer. This is an opportunity to demonstrate your commitment to ending hunger and housing instability in our community and promoting self-sufficiency. Will you join us?
If you do not wish to have your name listed on the page, please check “anonymous” on donation form.
Did you know our food pantry is seeing more families seeking help with food security? We need your support as we work to meet the increased demand and continue to move people beyond crisis and toward stability.
Have you wondered how your support makes a difference? Please watch the video to learn more about what moving beyond crisis and toward stability looks like. Your support makes this possible.
Have you wondered how your support makes a difference? Please watch the video to learn more about how our housing team has coaches to identify resources beyond housing, so that those who are housed, can stay that way.
We were approached by Nancy (pseudonym), a US veteran who is a single parent head-of-household, with two children. She was struggling and we knew her need was genuine and significant. While she was employed, it was insufficient to meet her modest needs. In desperation she enrolled in a predatory paycheck cash advance system that was not transparent about fees and actually left her in worse shape. Her landlord began eviction procedures.
In May of 2022, our caseworker began working with Nancy to move her beyond crisis and toward stability. This process involved coordinating with the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System and Montgomery County Housing Authority to move Nancy to an apartment with more affordable rent and severing the relationship on the payroll advance company – with an hour to spare her from eviction. On continued follow-up after housing, the Cluster’s caseworker helped her solve her problem of being under-employed and she is thriving in a new job with more equitable pay – as an eviction specialist at the Pottstown Cluster.
In her interview she said she sees this job as the opportunity to give-back. The Cluster does not have frequent job openings, so this is a situation where everything came together. We gained an excellent employee who can demonstrate sincere empathy and a clear understanding of the situation many of our neighbors in need face. Nancy’s home and family are stabilized. Nancy and her family deserved this hand-up.