“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 on hotels and motels. If a landlord had just been willing to rent to us, we could have saved so much. But our credit was really bad by then.”
Bob’s family became homeless when he lost his job following long absences necessary to care for his very ill son. Although his wife Susan was still working, it was not enough to support the family of five and afford rent. The family came to New Ground from a homeless shelter.
“We are just so grateful for all that New Ground did to help us. All the hard work to help me get a job, and then an even better one. And helping Susan land her great job and then prepare for the test for her promotion. It was just great. We really needed the help to get our credit back in order, and it all really paid off. Susan and I had dreamed of owning our home but then when Sam got sick and we lost everything we never thought it was going to happen. But New Ground never gave up.
Slowly we started to see we could do it if we worked on what was needed. All the different things our Social Worker kept bringing to us, the applications and resources, really made a difference. We were really happy she was with us when we signed all the paperwork and got the keys and officially became homeowners. It just wouldn’t have happened without her and New Ground.”