Success Stories

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Veteran Navigator Program: Maurice’s Success Story

Aug 11, 2017

Maurice (“Max”) is a Veteran of the US Air Force and Hurricane Katrina survivor who has struggled with depression and homelessness. When he was referred to the Family Endeavors Veteran Navigator Program in San Antonio, Maurice was living in his truck after an eviction and other setbacks but quickly showed commitment to improving his life and building a new future. The same day Maurice entered the Veterans Navigator Program he was moved into housing with food and necessities to help him transition to stable housing. Soon after enrollment, Maurice was approved for an apartment through one of Family Endeavors’ long-standing...

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Community Based Services: Spencer’s Success Story

Jul 13, 2017

In January, the Community Based Services (CBS) team in San Antonio received a referral from Adult Protective Services to assist a 71 year-old client, Spencer, with housing. A Case Aid assisted him in filling out an application for housing assistance and connected him tot he local public housing organization. Normally, this was to be the point where our assistance ended, but it was only the beginning… Spencer was unable to get in contact with his housing caseworker. Worried he would not be able to find housing by his deadline, Spencer began making regular visits to Family Endeavors, biking or taking...

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Veteran Services: Mr. Dayton’s Success Story

May 31, 2017

After four years of service, Mr. Dayton, a US Air Force Veteran, struggled with mental health issues and the inability to provide for his family. Mr. Dayton was homeless for two years, commuting to a nearby town for odd jobs while staying in abandoned home to be near his ill mother. After being introduced to a Veteran Supportive Services case manager at Family Endeavors, Mr. Dayton was able to gain permanent supportive housing. Along with rental and utility assistance, Family Endeavors also provided Mr. Dayton with a mattress, general housing items and food to meet some of his most basic...

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Veteran Services: Ivory’s Success Story

Dec 27, 2016

In 1981, Ivory Smith was honorably discharged from the US Army after four years of service. As a Veteran, Ivory struggled with substance abuse and homelessness. After some self-reflection, he decided to seek assistance from Villa Serena, a San Antonio drug and alcohol rehabilitation center operated through the Department of Veteran Affairs, where he was connected with a Lead Navigator from Family Endeavors’ Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF). The Navigator explained to Ivory, “This is an empowerment program. In order for you to improve your situation, you have to be dedicated to maintaining sobriety and addressing your mental health.” Ivory...

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Veteran Services: Shaunda’s Success Story

Dec 06, 2016

US Air Force Veteran, Shaunda Lohse, was discharged under honorable conditions after four years of service. After leaving the Air Force, Shaunda had many battles with her health, both mentally and physically, and had difficulty maintaining housing and providing for her family. Shaunda struggled with homelessness, having been homeless four separate times in her life. In 2011, Shaunda was featured on the Food Network show “Cupcake Wars,” but at home she was struggling to remain housed and maintain her bakery. Every day she battles anxiety and PTSD, which led to Shaunda voluntarily admitting herself to a psychiatric facility receive help. After enduring...

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