Hear Our Stories
Read below to witness the heartwarming difference our program can make in the lives of our homeless friends & neighbors.
Quentina and Michael
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.
Less than a year ago, Michael fainted one day and woke up in the hospital after being in a coma for six weeks. It turned out his cancer had come back aggressively. In that six weeks of unconsciousness, he lost his job, was evicted from his apartment, and all his belongings were trashed. To top it off, the doctors told him he was terminal. Michael was discharged from the hospital and to the streets. On the day that Quentina and Michael were supposed to move in, funding fell through for rental assistance.
Michael came to Bethel and asked if we could assist with $150. We did not hesitate, and an hour later, Michael and Quentina returned with the keys. We cannot express our happiness enough that Michael and Quentina now have a place to call home!
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.
On Dec. 11, Tellurian staff contacted us to let us know that Dan had been accepted. We then worked with Dan to gather and complete the final paperwork and tests he needed to move in. On Dec. 16, we drove Dan to Tellurian and helped him move into his room.