Imagine living on the streets. Where are you going to sleep? Where are you going to get your next meal? Where are you going to wash your clothes?
These are the exact decisions that Mark found himself navigating each day since 2011. Thanks to a charity supported by funds from generous CFC donors, Mark recently got back on his feet and no longer has to ask himself these questions.
Mark first became connected to a charity supported by the CFC through their day shelter, and spent many nights there over the last five years. This past February, after suffering from a frostbite injury, Mark took a big step toward improving his life and moved into their residential shelter program.
While in the shelter, Mark worked with his case manager to create an individualized housing plan that outlined specific goals and steps necessary to move into permanent housing. Some of the first steps included obtaining his birth certificate and an ID and registering to receive SNAP benefits. Mark visited their clinic weekly for continued treatment of his frostbite injury and participated in many shelter activities including life skills and computer classes.
After almost four months in shelter, Mark and his case manager found a viable housing option operated by a partnering organization. Mark applied for the permanent supportive housing unit and was accepted. On his moving day, for the first time in his life, Mark held the keys to his very own apartment and had a permanent place to call home.