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Creating Stability for Our Neighbors

Creating Stability for Our Neighbors
April 26, 2021

Michelle first contacted MOM to ask about getting access to the food pantry. In a shaky voice, Michelle said she was working hard to move beyond a challenging past that included evictions. She was caring for a sick family member, working part-time and attending school full-time. Despite the long
hours, bills were piling up. Michelle was exhausted and felt like she was drowning. She wanted to create a stable home for the future but no matter how hard she tried, stability always seemed just out of reach.

Stability is at the center of MOM’s mission. It’s the long-term goal in everything we do. This year has brought new barriers and shed light on old barriers to stability: structural racism, loss of employment, health issues, affordable housing shortages and others. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it a feeling of instability for everyone. But for some families facing financial and health crises, the challenges can feel insurmountable.

Michelle began visiting MOM’s drive-thru Food Pantry, ensuring her family would have enough healthy food to eat. One of MOM’s Case Managers helped her establish a plan and connect with other resources. Working with MOM and our community partners, Michelle paid off her overdue rent
and found a new, less expensive apartment with a landlord who was willing to work with her despite her past evictions. Visits to the Clothing Center ensured everyone was warm during the winter while other partners helped Michelle secure basic necessities for the new apartment including plates,
silverware and sheets.

Michelle is still working part-time, going to school full-time and caring for a sick family member. She is still tired. But she is no longer alone. She knows she has people in her court and resources to draw on. Suddenly stability feels possible.

Your support during this past year prevented crises for hundreds of families in our community. For some, a few trips to the food pantry, support to pay a utilities bill or a backpack filled with school supplies was enough to get them through this year’s challenges. For other families—families like Michelle’s, the road to stability will be longer and more difficult. But this year has also shown that your compassion and generosity can help our community make it through difficult times. With your help, we can provide more than emergency food to prevent hunger and more than emergency rent assistance to prevent homelessness. Together we can stick with families along their journeys to
stability, providing the resources they need to not just survive, but to overcome barriers and thrive.

Please consider making a gift today. A gift of any amount will make a difference, but we hope you will consider sticking with us on this journey also by joining our Circle of Hope and becoming a monthly donor.


Thank you for your generosity and commitment during this difficult year.

 

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