Client Stories: Meet Tim and Therese
Two former Reach Out clients explain how they were affected by homelessness, and how
Reach out was able to help them. Shortly after the taping of this interview - Christina and Neal moved into permanent housing as a result of Reach Out's assistance with paperwork for the Veterans Administration. Thanks to Chris Wood Video for helping us share their story.
Many homeless women are fleeing abusive relationships. A female client was referred to Reach Out. She had recently divorced and was fleeing an abusive situation. She was able to come into the shelter program and get much needed rest and security. Within one week, she was able to obtain stable employment and shared housing. She now has her independence and is building a quality life.
Communication is key to finding help and moving forward. Due to a language barrier, one of our clients couldn’t even tell staff that his hands were so stiff and painful he could not open them to grasp a cup. CCS case managers located and arranged a volunteer interpreter to meet with the client and with their help, the client was able to access medical services, legal services, and transitional housing. After four years in his car, he has moved off the streets and into a CCS housing program.
Health issues quickly overwhelm people who are homeless - unless someone helps them find the resources they need. A female client came to us with stage 4 cancer, without family or friends locally for support. After meeting with her case manager, it was discovered that she did have family but refused to burden them with her medical issues. After a few weeks, her health began to deteriorate which forced her into the hospital. This allowed her case manager an opportunity to arrange for respite care. At the end of her respite care, she returned to the shelter. Soon after, she reunited with a sister to live out her remaining days.