Carrie’s life was turned upside-down when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was a domino effect. The life of comfort and security that the mother of two once knew came crashing to the ground. Carrie’s illness left her unable to work, which ultimately resulted in her losing her job. Without an income, she couldn’t keep her family in their home. Carrie, along with her 18-year-old daughter and 17-year-old son, were living from place-to-place, trying to avoid the streets. Then, they turned to the Freestore Foodbank for help.
“She was so stressed out when she came to us,” recalls Sarah Humphries, Shelter Diversion case manager at the Freestore Foodbank. “I told her, ‘I’m not going to let you give up and I am not going to give up on you.’ She still cries to this day, remembering that conversation.”
Sarah worked with Carrie to find her a home and served as a source of encouragement as she worked to gain her GED. The Shelter Diversion program includes budgeting classes, goal setting help with job hunting, and regular home visits.
Life has fallen into place for Carrie. Her cancer is now in remission. She found a job in security and is ready to take her GED test. Carrie’s daughter found work at a local warehouse and their landlord is impressed with how they maintain their home.
“It’s so great to see how far Carrie has come as she works to get her life on track. She has such a positive outlook on life and is determined to be successful.”