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Supportive Housing: Christian’s Success Story

When Christian arrived at Endeavors™’ Fairweather Family Lodge, Child Protective Services was involved with her children and she was in drug court due to a drug addiction.

She also had no bank account, a low credit score, a broken lease, six traffic warrants, owed money to the city, and had defaulted on loans.

Due to drug use, Christian had severe damage to her teeth and gums and invisible wounds from past trauma and untreated depression.

Upon arriving to the Fairweather Family Lodge, Christian had access to mental and dental healthcare a had a chance to re-bond with her children.

The Fairweather Family Lodge environment offered the family a sense of of safety and security, enabling them to heal from past trauma from domestic violence.

Christian says the shelter, support, and material help supported her in learning how to be a parent and enabled her to focus on being a mom. Part of that support was the group environment. By meeting others moms and children who had survived a situation like hers, Christian was able to see the road to improvement and the life she wanted.

“Addiction isolated me and FFL linked me with other families who were walking in my same shoes.”

Christian received care to fix her teeth and gums. She opened a new bank account, paid off all debts, and repaired her credit score. She was also able to begin saving and paying back her loans.

When Christian and her children left the Fairweather Family Lodge, they left to a home that she bought – one of her greatest accomplishments and one that had considered unattainable.

From Christian: 

“[Fairweather Family Lodge] has given me priceless gifts of healing and growth with my children. Together, we have come a long way emotionally and spiritually! A true fresh start from the wreckage of my past; 1,000 pound weight lifted off my shoulders. I have friendships that I didn’t know I needed and will keep all my life!”

 

Find out more about our Fairweather programs.

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Veteran Navigator Program: Maurice’s Success Story

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 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 Endeavors’™ long-standing partnerships with a local apartment manager. With the help of an Employment Specialist, he also began working.

Within months, Maurice secured a position at a car dealership detailing vehicles and his story was an example of success. After several months of working, he experienced another life-changing setback when his mother passed away and he became the sole caretaker for his disabled younger brother.

Maurice left his job to focus on parenting but continued moving forward, beginning his own mobile car detail business and enrolling in a local entrepreneurship program. To help his new business succeed and grow, the Navigators also helped him purchase the equipment needed to fit his vehicle with supplies needed to complete mobile detailing requests.

Eight months after joining the Veteran Navigator Program, Maurice now provides services to over 15 cars weekly, allowing him to sustain his apartment and continue to care for his brother.

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Thank you to USAA and the Disabled Veterans National Foundation. Grants from these organization help to support the Navigator program and employment advancement opportunities for our Veterans.

For program information or if you know a homeless Veteran, please call 210-431-6466

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Community Based Services: Spencer’s Success Story

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 Endeavors™, biking or taking the bus, many days there first thing in the morning to greet our staff unlocking the door.

Whereas other local service agencies were not responding timely to Spencer, with heartfelt commitment to our mission, the CBS team continued to help Spencer beyond the original request received from Adult Protective Services. After several weeks of support and persistently advocating for Spencer, our Case Aid helped him find the perfect apartment.

Right before Spencer moved to his new apartment, he rode his bike to the office one more time and brought a box of donuts he had specially made for the Case Aid. Spencer was thankful that our staff had taken the time to work with him and had remained patient, but most of all he was grateful that he had been shown care and compassion.

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Veteran Services: Shaunda’s Success Story

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 years of domestic violence and serving two years in prison for a wrongful conviction, Shaunda relocated to San Antonio where she lived in her car until she was housed by Family Endeavors.

Since enrolling in the Family Endeavors Veteran services program, Shaunda’s life has turned around. Shaunda has gained full-time employment and has also become coordinator for her church’s food pantry, helping direct the delivery of food to the elderly, fulfilling her passions for cooking and helping others. She now utilizes the VA for mental health care and attends church for social support. Shaunda is on her way to obtaining self-sufficiency by beginning to contribute to her rent. This December, Shaunda hopes to regain visitation rights to her children. Shaunda continues to strive to become a positive role model in the community and give back in any way that she can.

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