My name is Scot and I, unfortunately, am a new member of Madison’s homeless population. I wanted to take a moment to thank you for the outreach programs your church has established and tell you how much I have personally been impacted. There are obvious hardships that accompany homelessness, but what I was least prepared for was the anonymity. People look away when I smile at them. Parents shield their children from me when I walk past. I’ve become invisible.
Quentina and Michael moved into their new apartment on Dec. 1. Michael is struggling with terminal cancer and was struggling immensely being homeless without adequate access to showers and respite. Michael was diagnosed with cancer over five years ago. At the time he had an apartment and a good construction job. He went into treatment, and tests originally showed remission.
Dan is a transplant from West Virginia who came to Wisconsin to start fresh. Since arriving, Dan has patiently been networking with local agencies and trying to acquire housing. Working with social workers from Group Health Cooperative, Dan applied for Tellurian’s transitional housing program in November. We worked with Dan to make follow up calls to check on his status. In addition, we provided personal references to staff and attested to Dan’s outstanding character.
Nancy has been homeless for over a year. Against all odds, she struggled and persevered, sending in application after application to apartments and co-ops. On Dec. 11, Nancy came to us and asked for a letter of reference for a landlord she would be meeting with on Dec. 14. Skyler crafted a timely letter and gave it to Nancy to bring to her showing. The following day in support group, Nancy shared the news that the landlord had accepted her application and was willing to take a chance on her because of her determination and exceptional references. She moved in on Dec. 16.
For the past few months, Christie Czernecki has been caught in a bit of a riptide struggling to find secure employment and maintain shelter for her two kids. But Christie has never been one to let circumstances diminish her persistence and faith. On Monday, January 22nd, christie was notified that she had been hired as one of the coordinators for the City of Madison’s Zero: 2016 effort.
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