Participant P’s journey to success is one of true grit, determination, and resilience. When I first met Participant P, all the Case Manager (CM) knew of her was she was employed by a Community College as the receptionist. The CM would soon learn there was much more to this woman than a warm smile and kind tone of voice.
During the initial enrollment first meeting, Participant P had no problem being open with the CM. The hardships she’s endured, overcame, and still face from time to time. Participant P suffered a tremendous loss with the passing of her grandson, this took a huge toll on not only her, but her family as well. In the midst of grieving, her son fell into a deep depression after losing his son; Participant P took him in to her care with no questions asked. Participant P continued to be the glue for her family holding things together as best she could. Eventually, it became too much for her to bear, causing her to lose her main source of income and ultimately her home.
Participant P quickly made arrangements to stay with a friend until she could find a place to call her own. This arrangement worked well, but was short lived. Participant P got news her friend would be moving and she had to be out of the home by Christmas Day.
Well before and during the time Participant P became homeless she made continuous efforts to find a home and change her situation. During her search, the CM referred Participant P to shelter in Sampson County (Clinton), NC. The shelter serves those affected by homelessness and domestic violence with hopes of assisting these families regain “normalcy” in their lives. Participant P made it part of her daily routine to visit the agency to ensure she would have to move to Sampson County in order to receive any services the shelter provided. The representatives of the shelter and the CM agreed it would be a challenge for Participant P to drive to and from Sampson to Duplin County on a daily basis, this did not slow her efforts at all. Participant P expressed how determined she was to find a home regardless the location by expanding her search to Clinton, NC.
Using the car she currently lived in as of Christmas Day, Participant P would drive around Duplin and Sampson County in search of a place to live. While Participant P was at work we agreed the CM would call several neighborhoods to inquire about available units and the application process. The CM would relay this information to Participant P and she would follow up with any complex that sound promising. Not long after getting in contact with the shelter, Participant P found an apartment she felt was a good fit. The shelter was willing to pay the rent for the first three months, but informed Participant P they felt it was out of her means. The CM called and spoke with the representatives at the shelter to advocate on Participant P behalf. The shelter set up an interview for Participant P to meet with the property manager of the home she was interested in. The property manager shared the same feelings as the representatives from the shelter leaving Participant P in the same boat, homeless. Participant P felt defeated, but the CM ensured her the CM would not quit and would not let her quit either.
Participant P and the CM continued to search for homes; The CM searched online while Participant P searched in passing. It wasn’t long until Participant P found a home she could afford without the help of agency. Once approved, Participant P immediately called to thank me for the help the CM provided along the way.
Participant P is a perfect example of hard work paying off. Her hard work and dedication truly inspired the CM to never give up on any goals or obstacles he have to overcome. Participant P would be a great model for future participants who feel like they have no way out or around the barriers they may face in their lives.