From Motel Living To Giving Back

NUMBER OF CHILDREN… 2

ENDED HOMELESSNESS… DECEMBER 2016

Cramming their lives into a bleak motel room, the Jackson family found themselves struggling with homelessness in Orange County. With their perseverance and the support of Project Hope Alliance, Jim, Sue, and their two teenage daughters are now thriving in their own home.

The couple has developed such a strong sense of stability, they are now volunteering at local soup kitchens and with their church to help those in need.

During a period of unemployment for Sue, the family faced serious financial hardships—despite Jim's income. From day one, the hardworking couple prioritized the academic and personal success of Rachel, 15, and Sophie, 13. However, housing and education are inextricably linked, and the parents knew they needed assistance to help uplift them out of their inadequate living situation.

The Jackson family connected with Project Hope Alliance and received the support they needed to regain stable housing and work toward financial stability. They met weekly with one of our dedicated case managers to discuss their goals. Together, they developed an actionable plan to help lift the family of four out of homelessness. Through our Family Stability Program, we were able to move the Jackson family into safe and permanent housing on December 31—just in time for the new year.

Once stabilized in their own home, the industrious family could focus on their other basic needs. Sue regained employment, the empowerment to financially contribute to her family, and help serve others. In fact, the couple has developed such a strong sense of stability, they are now volunteering at local soup kitchens and with their church to help those in need.

Rachel and Sophie gratefully embraced their newfound space and privacy in their new home. Without the immense stress of worrying about where they would sleep at night, and whether or not their friends and teachers would discover their homelessness, the two youths could finally focus on excelling in school. Sophie has worked hard to improve her grades to nearly straight A's. Both girls also attended summer camp and participated in softball.

Like 77% of the families served by Project Hope Alliance, the Jackson family has maintained permanent housing for at least 12 months. They continue to actively engage in our Family Stability Program and events, including the New Swan Shakespeare Festival at University of California, Irvine (UCI), and "Frozen — Live at the Hyperion" at Disney California Adventure Park. We remain committed to walking alongside them on their journey to self-sufficiency, offering support and guidance every step of the way.