What would you do if one day you had a job, a car, food on your table, and a place to call home and then unexpectedly it was all gone?
There are over 2,400 homeless individuals living in Benton and Washington County. 79% of those individuals, are families, with children. (Statistics found here) It is because of organizations like the Seven Hills Day Center, that these individuals and families do not have to lose hope. This week we are “Inspired By” the Seven Hills Day Center for the work they are doing to ensure than anyone in a situation of homelessness does not feel alone and are given the resources needed to get back on their feet!
“During a storm hope gives us the ability to look at things as they are and still be confident that something better is coming” –Joyce Meyer
“We had the pleasure of working with a couple who was facing homelessness for the first time. The middle aged couple had worked all of their adult lives, but the wife lost her job and when the husband couldn’t maintain his job because of a worsening medical condition, they lost their home. For several months, they were camping and using our services: meals, showers, clothing, computers, and mail service. The husband applied for disability and was approved. Around the same time, the wife obtained part time employment. They were able to find an apartment and eventually bought their own vehicle. They are doing well now and able to support themselves completely.”
Without the services provided by Seven Hills Day Center, this couple would not have received the support they needed in their time of distress that enabled them to get back on their feet, and on the right path, once again!
The Seven Hills Day center is responsible for meeting the basic needs of more than 100 individuals per day, moe than 10% of these individuals are veterans. Through the support of the Walker Family Residential Community and the Supportive Services for Veteran Families program provided at Seven Hills 235 individuals were given a home in 2014.
If you’re interested in helping this program, so that you can assist individuals like this as they work to move forward on the path to success, check out what your gift can do:
$5 a week ($260 a year) will provide:
87 grocery bags from our food pantry
$10 a week ($520 a year) will provide:
Prescription assistance for 104 individuals who need medication for a chronic health condition or an antibiotic to overcome infection.
$20 a week ($1,040 a year) will provide:
69 individuals with ID assistance (birth certificate, driver’s license, etc) so they can apply for employment and be self-sufficient