Our Stories
Our Stories
Our Stories
Dee

Since launching our JumpStart Program in 2012, many families have used this opportunity to achieve steps toward their long-term goals that they will ultimately complete once a part of the Long Term Housing Program.  However, for just a few JumpStart families receiving the intensive Social Work and Education Services from New Ground, they were able […]

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Nina

Nina was a single mother with one son, and both had a chronic illness that significantly impacted their health.  She had struggled in the past to establish a life for her family because of the unpredictable nature of their health.  All New Ground families and Veterans require a unique approach and plan of action, but […]

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Shelly

Despite working fulltime, Shelly came to New Ground with her son and daughter because she could not afford rent and her other basic bills.  While in the Long Term Housing Program, she began attending a local college to take courses toward an Associate Degree so she could eventually increase her earning potential. Although she was […]

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Donna

Donna had many goals she hoped to accomplish while with New Ground, but education was always the priority. “In the Long Term Housing Program, I feel that I did a good amount of work to move my family forward, especially in the area of education securing my own higher degree as an LPN, ensuring that […]

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Patty

When Patty’s relationship with the father of her children deteriorated, she was forced to move in with family temporarily.  But when this rental home was condemned unsafe, she truly had nowhere to turn.  Patty was working fulltime, but with a limited education, she could not earn enough to support her family.  She also struggled with […]

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John

John served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War as a young man.  He came to New Ground from a homeless Veteran shelter after his life had deteriorated from years of substance abuse and bad choices.  He had been living in homeless shelters and substance abuse treatment centers for almost two years.  […]

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Beth

“I love my new place, my new job, my whole new life! I knew as soon as I saw my new place that it was just right for me and my daughter. It is huge! The rooms are really large and it’s quiet but also really easy to get places from our building.  And my […]

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Tara

“The experiences of homelessness and displacement have made a vast impact on the lives and mindsets of all of the members of my immediate family.  These life altering experiences have challenged us in ways that have encouraged us to remain resilient in our pursuit for success and excellence.”  Tara was in middle school when her […]

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Tina

Tina and her three daughters became homeless when her landlord decided to sell his home and she could not find any affordable rental options on her severely limited income.  She spent her time with New Ground securing employment, improving her credit, ensuring her daughters’ academic success, and saving to move into independent housing. “This program […]

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Tanya

Tanya came to us as she was being evicted from her apartment because she had fallen behind on rent.  She had recently taken custody of her nephews to avoid their placement into foster care.  The added expense of caring for these youngsters led to her inability to manage rent and all her other bills.  She […]

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Katie

Katie’s family became a part of New Ground’s Long Term Housing Program after being homeless for three years.  She is a teenager trying to tackle high school while planning for college and the future.  Her family became homeless when her parents divorced after many years of marriage and their home was foreclosed. It was a […]

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Melisa

“My greatest accomplishments in the New Ground program were HOME OWNERSHIP (Melisa shouts happily), clearing up my credit, going back to school and learning how to be disciplined.  The New Ground staff and program helped us out tremendously.  The staff was always so very patient and anything – and I mean anything! – that we […]

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Erika

Erika found New Ground while staying in a local homeless family shelter with her two young sons.  She had been homeless on and off since when she was a teenager.  Her mother struggled with depression and when she could no longer care for her, Erika was placed in foster care as a child.  She grew […]

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Renae

Renae, her husband and her three children had been living in a homeless shelter for almost a year when they came into the New Ground Program.  Over the first two years, we struggled to help the family make progress.  Despite our hardest efforts, most interventions were failing and it was difficult to understand why.  And […]

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Tami

“We were living in such a bad place, all the mold and cold was so bad for the kids and all our health.  But it was the best I could do back then.  I wasn’t making enough money to afford better.  I needed some assistance. I wanted to do a lot better for myself and […]

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Mary

“Before New Ground we were in real trouble.  My siblings were great, and really tried to help us out but there was only so much they could do and they couldn’t do it forever.  I was unemployed for months and when I was finally able to get a job it was only part time and […]

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Jane

Jane’s family came to New Ground from a homeless shelter.  Her mom could not afford market rent for the family of four even though she was working fulltime. Upon the family’s graduation from the New Ground Program, Jane shared the following: “Because of you, I attended a great school. I want you to know that […]

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Bob & Susan

“Its interesting, thinking back to that time.  It was really hard and sometimes it’s surprising to think how we survived it.  We tried so hard to avoid going into a shelter.  They made us spend down all our savings and my retirement plans before they would even help us anyway.  All that money we spent […]

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Wendy

“Following a series of house fires, we went from temporarily displaced to truly being without a home.  It is a frightening feeling to know you can never go back again and have no idea of where you are headed.  Fortunately, I never had to experience living in a shelter, but I understand the fear of […]

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