We are often asked about the process and journey of our residential clients. Below we share some of Veronica’s story. Each individual and family have their unique situations and our goal is to help each work back towards a path of self- sufficiency.
After being on the waiting list for a few weeks, I just completed my intake process with the residential specialist. We went over my information, my program requirements, rules, regulations and meal times. She gave me a brief tour of the facility and an overview of what to expect in the next few days. As a single client I will be sleeping on a bunk bed, and sharing a room with 3 others, I also have designated storage for my belongings. We share a restroom with showers, washers and dryers.
Yesterday I got my day started early since breakfast is at 6:30 am. As part of the requirement I needed to have a TB test done, so there I went, to the Health to Hope Clinic. Today, I met with Julie the Employment Specialist for my evaluations. She tested me to see where I am academically. She helped me with building my resume, and I tested for Career Building.
Yesterday I started actively job searching and today I attended career and education class and I met with my Case Manager! I completed a housing evaluation. We went over other assistance that I may be eligible for. We went over my initial case plan and initiated a schedule for our weekly meetings.
I started the Challenge to Change and Smart Money classes today. The Challenge to Change class is very eye-opening… It made me look at the choices I have made and reflect. The Smart Money class is going to teach me how to budget and manage my money smarter so I won’t revert back to my old ways.
So, I have started doing chores in the kitchen as part of my Shared Living Responsibilities. I was taught how to use some of the equipment in the kitchen, and Julie was able to show me that stuff I learn like that can be used in my resume. I have also continued to attend my classes (Challenge to Change & Smart Money).
I am still attending my classes. More excitingly I went on a job interview earlier this afternoon, I was so nervous.
As I reflect on the past 10 days I have realized a few things…
Though I was scared of entering the program, I knew that I couldn’t continue living the way I was living. I can see my growth in just a short few days. I still have a lot to learn and ways to go in my program, but Martha’s will provided me with the resources and help I will need to move on and not end up back here.