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 is a blessing. I was blessed by New Ground, blessed with tutoring, blessed with guidance from my Social Worker, blessed over the holidays and for Mother’s Day. I have had my down times too – it’s really hard to do all that New Ground is asking to help you succeed. But when I sit back and think and see how it’s all to help you, to get you out of the poverty and hopelessness. This program is just a blessing.”
Tina made sure her daughters graduated from high school and went on to higher education to have a different and better future.
“I get emotional and tearful just thinking about it all – because of all that my children have because of New Ground. They made it. They graduated and are successful. But they also appreciate me and all that I went through at New Ground because they know what it’s done for them. New Ground made me strong so I could make them strong.”
Tina graduated from New Ground into her own market rent apartment in 2009. But she has remained in touch, stopping by or calling just to say hello and always to reminisce and say thanks.
“You have done so much for me, it’s hard to let New Ground go! I stay connected because I am so thankful. It’s special to have people in your life who know you so well, and care about you and your children year after year. It’s a true blessing that I am thankful for every day. I love New Ground!”