Families Face Challenges
The families who come to Partners in Housing for assistance often face many obstacles in areas such as childcare, transportation, food insecurity, health, and money. Many times, they have lost hope that things will work out.
With fall here, and winter approaching, families have heightened concerns around staying healthy and being able to keep their children in school and daycare. They are affected by high costs and increasing demand for required services. Finding childcare so they can go to work is an enormous barrier. Finding transportation, or paying related costs, is another barrier to their ability to earn the living wage needed to support their family.
When Jessica’s* car broke down, she lost her only form of transportation. With limited support from family or friends, she was unable to start her new job or get her daughter to daycare.
When winter break approached last year, Danielle* wasn’t sure where to look or what to cut in her already tight budget so her kids could eat lunch. Through SNAP benefits, she could provide breakfast and dinner for her children, but the benefits didn’t stretch enough to cover lunch which school typically provided. She was making $15/hour while also working on her GED so she could increase her earning potential, but until that time, she had to figure something else out.
Families in our program have to make difficult decisions while finding the strength and resilience to continue moving forward. The support and stability of our program, paired with their grit have resulted in some remarkable outcomes. Take a look at the Family Outcomes graphic below to see the great success achieved by the families while navigating the many obstacles placed in their path.
For over 30 years, we have been committed to providing the most effective services to support the families that come into our program. We use many methods of tracking the families’ hard work and progress and in addition to reporting purposes, we use the measurements as an ongoing evaluation tool so we can be dynamic and nimble with our service delivery as the needs of families continue to change.
We are so incredibly proud of the many accomplishments achieved by the families in our program this past year and are pleased to share these core outcomes with you!