In the middle of the night in late May 2018, Family Promise (VS gave Family Promise funds last November to help veterans in the Indiana county that Teresa is from) received a crisis call from Howard looking for shelter. His emotional voicemail indicated that he is a United States Veteran and was falling into the trap of alcoholism. He was at the end of his rope and talking about ending his life. After sleeping in his car for months, he was sleeping under a tree because he could not afford to get his car out of the repair shop. He’d lost his beloved job due to the breakdown of his car, which was also his home. In the morning we called him back and sent an Uber to bring him into our office.
Hours later, there was a plan in place. We put him in a hotel for a couple days. We then got him settled into longer-term temporary housing. An application was filed to get his car repaired by the Military Family Relief Fund. Medicaid and Food Stamps applications were sent out. Applications filed for multiple jobs so he could get back on his feet. We also began a very long process of helping him apply for disability for his back that has no cartilage around the spine. Between his car being gone for a month and his disability, the process is long and ongoing. He has started working at a shop this week. Howard was also been working alongside a Veteran Career Coach, who has really helped him with on–the-ground employment hunt and helping him learn, from a Veteran’s point of view, what resources he can tap into. Very soon he will be able to live in his own apartment. Again, the road is long, but Howard is sober, working, has transportation and will very soon be in his own home.
These grassroots efforts are paramount. The support Valiant Seed has received from Teresa’s family, friends and community in Indiana has been critical in getting us to where we are. We are grateful for that support and proud to be able to give back in the community and make a difference for veterans in Hendricks County through Family Promise. Please share this to get the word out, and consider a one-time or ongoing monthly donation to further the work.
-JenniferTags: donate, homeless veterans
This post was written by teresamankin