It’s really cold here this morning. The temperature is still in the teens.
During another cold snap the week before Christmas, we took in a family of six on an emergency basis. The father told a co-worker at his new job that his family had no place to stay. Because of the frigid temperatures, the emergency shelters were full.
The co-worker took him home to stay at his house, but the family didn’t want to impose when they saw how many people were already living there.
Instead they asked to sleep in his car overnight - turning it on and off to stay warm.
The next day the co-worker took the family to two different emergency shelters, but they weren’t allowed to stay because the parents weren’t married.
The co-worker knew our Housing Coordinator Tammy Mayhue, so he called to ask us for help.
Tammy and our Children’s Program Director Ryan Blake stayed late to help the family settle into one of our Immediate Housing apartments. The next morning, our Intake Specialist Holly Gardner interviewed them and admitted them to our Interim Housing Program.
When we asked if anyone could help the family out at this late date, one of our board members, Dr. Raymond Cattaneo, reached out to others and made sure this family of strangers had a Christmas.
We are truly blessed by all of the board members, staff, volunteers and donors who have taken this mission into your hearts.
Happy New Year.