“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 needed or needed help to do, they helped us and if they didn’t have the answers to the problem they put us in touch with the person that did. They always encouraged me and when I actually achieved the goals I was applauded. It made me feel good, and want to try even harder to reach my goals. They have all the tools that you need to succeed – it’s up to you to use them for your success.”
Melisa came to New Ground unable to afford market rent and struggling to support her two sons. She worked extremely hard over the next six years to make her dreams for her family come true.
“The most difficult thing in the program for me was being disciplined with me and my boys. Who wants to tell their kids no you can’t do this or no you can’t have that. I just made sure they understood what I was trying to do for them and myself. How they had to learn to be patient. Everybody has to play their part. I think the program worked for me because I was determined and dedicated to myself and my boys and I really, really wanted them to have a better life. I was willing to do whatever I had to do to reach my goals. I utilized all the available avenues New Ground offered that helped me and my boys to achieve our goals and any suggestions that my Social Workers made, I did. No, it was not easy at all! A lot of hard work but well worth it in the end.”
In early 2015, after accomplishing a school program, increasing her income, paying off all debts, and improving her credit score, Melisa became a homeowner.
“Thank you so very much New Ground! I reached my goals because you guys were there to help and guide me. I love you all!”