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Dear CRC HEART Team

I wanted to send my utmost thanks and appreciation for accepting my son into the CRC’s Susie's House program. I wanted to give my immense gratitude to you for taking the time to talk with him and act as his advocate. As a parent, it has been very difficult to watch my son go through the last few years. There have been many hardships in his life. It has also been very difficult to both watch and deal with his depressive issues. Unfortunately, it took a divorce, a legal issue and him becoming homeless for him to start to take a more positive path in his life. It did help him to pull himself away from an extremely dysfunctional and chaotic relationship and to start really understanding that he needed to address his own mental health issues. But during the course of these changes, I cannot emphasize enough my gratitude for your program and your assistance.  I can't emphasize enough my deepest regard for you all. I can only tell you from my heart that your program and your decision to accept my son into it saved his life. I have walked some difficult roads in my life, but never one so much as to be over 3000 miles away and know my son was homeless and had physical and mental health issues. I cannot begin to express to you my worries, my sorrows and my own feelings of having no control to save him. I am so very blessed to have worked with and to have known your Company President and to have been involved with CRC through my job at United Outreach when I resided in Placerville. As a crime victim advocate here in Palm Beach County, Florida, there are times I wonder, "What does my job matter? What do I do that makes a difference?" Then I will get a letter or an email from a victim that simply says: "Thank you.” And I realize, I did do something in some way that mattered to that one person. In the course of your days with this program I'm sure you will feel the same frustrations or question yourself: "What do I do that makes a difference?" On those days, please reread this email and know from this mother, from her heart all of you and your program made the BIGGEST difference of all, for my son. Thank you so very much again.  Sincerely, A Grateful Mom 

On any given day

A call for help

A young family contacted the CRC with a two month old baby girl. The father had just gotten out of jail and was headed for U-Turn for Christ. He was very concerned about his fiancé and child. They were not in a safe, nor clean environment. We were able to get her in touch with Mother Theresa Ministries. Since the baby was so close to 3 months, we gave her a Hope House Application.  We saw her today at the Social Security office and called the director of Hope House.  She was working on her application.  Our director called the director of Hope House and secured a spot for an interview the next day.  The result was a safe place for them to go and get set up with other services.  This family was effectively housed and stabilized with the referrals we provided.  .

breathe...fresh starts

I was referred to the CRC the first of December at around 4:30 pm. I had made several calls that afternoon trying to find food and shelter. I was lucky enough to get the number of the CRC 30 minutes before and spoke to a volunteer. She knew I was on my way. They were there to greet me. I was scared and hungry. They made me feel welcome immediately. Since then, I have become a part of the CRC family. I volunteered as a Guest Partner and helped out in any way I could. I now have a stable place to stay and will be able to regrow my business.My shattered life is now mending. I plan on taking on the world again.

Dazed by homelessness...

no longer confused

A 69 year old veteran was referred to the CRC from Marshall Hospital after being found beaten on the side of the road in Placerville.  He suffered from mild dementia and was very cheerful, kind and a joy to be around despite his troubles.  He moved to California from Wisconsin with his longtime girlfriend as she wanted to be near her adult children. She became disabled and moved in with one of her daughters while the family moved him in with another daughter. He was very unhappy at the daughter's home and was being taken advantage of for his meager monthly social security income, so he walked out one evening and that was when he was found in Placerville beaten, bruised and showing obvious signs of dementia.  A CRC volunteer immediately began trying to help him find permanent housing and arranged for transportation to the VA in Sacramento.  This team of volunteers then helped him to obtain benefits. Later, the team found out that he had a pacemaker and other health issues.  Volunteers then worked on finding his only living relative, a daughter, who he thought lived in the Bay Area. Finally, after many weeks of gentle questioning and talking to him, we were able to piece together enough information to find his daughter and we met her at the VA in Sacramento so she could meet her father for the first time in 10 years. We did not know it, but he and his daughter had not spoken in 10 years.   His daughter was very happy to see him and took him home with her and her family where he has grown close to his granddaughter and gotten to know his daughter and son-in-law.  Volunteers keep in touch with him and he is very happy and flourishing. Without the CRC, he could still be homeless and being taken advantage of for his small monthly income, or hospitalized for his dementia, or worse still, he could have been severely harmed or in physical danger. He always thanks the CRC, as does his daughter who says we gave her back her father.

overcoming

obstacles

I came into the CRC a couple of weeks after Christmas 2011. My mother had just died and I was not only emotionally but financially devastated. I didn’t have a driver’s license, a car in my name, registration, or insurance. After speaking to a couple of volunteers at the Community Resource Center that day and some ongoing help and support, I was able to navigate the traffic court system. I got my license back, my mother’s car put into my name with registration and insurance. CRC has also helped me to get medical insurance, which in turn has allowed me to start getting my diabetes under control. I have been able to begin the process of putting my life back on the right track.  I have a temporary home to stay in.  I still plan to go back to school, but am excited to help others.  Where would I be without the CRC?

a long road

home  

I came to the Community Resource Center (CRC) in January, 2012. I had just gotten out of prison and was homeless, not knowing anyone or having any place to stay. The CRC helped me get my food stamps and medical card to get the medications that I needed and to get my dental work done that I needed.  I got my dentures and lower partial and my smile back.  I did the Steps to Success program and applied for a grant for schooling.  I go for my final interview tomorrow. With the help of the CRC advocates, I got my parole transferred to Hawaii to my mother’s house where I have a place to live and a job.I stayed in the Church Shelter while it was open and when it was over, they gave me a tent and sleeping bag at the CRC.  I have the use of the computer to send emails, and telephone to make local and long distance phone calls to keep in contact with my family, my doctor and dentist, and my parole officer.  The CRC helps me with bus passes to get me to all of my appointments. The CRC has been a great help and I wouldn’t have been able to do it without them. UPDATE: He is back in Hawaii and thriving!

A renewed family

Working together

Veteran of the Afghanistan war, Jay and his wife Jenny had recently moved to Placerville hoping to find a more peaceful life and be closer to family.  An Aunt and Uncle took them in. However, there were substance abuse issues and many bodies in a small home, and it was not long before Jay and his family were asked to leave. Not yet financially prepared to stand on their own, they called the CRC.  Jay and Jenny came to the CRC office, exhausted and hopeless with three children ages 9, 3 and 1 in tow.  After connecting them with emergency lodging in a hotel room for a couple of nights, a CRC volunteer made plans to pick up their 9 year old from the hotel the next morning and drop him off at school with her own son. Following that began the tough work of finding housing. We got in touch with Volunteers of America which has received government funding to assist homeless veterans. After a phone interview to see if Jay could qualify for help, CRC volunteers continued to provide concrete and heart-felt help driving the family Mather Base just in time for an intake. The family spent the weekend at the hotel, and on Monday morning we got a call asking if the CRC could get the whole family to Mather on Tuesday afternoon.  A home was available and ready for Jay, Jenny and the kids move in!  The family spent one more night at the hotel, and then the next day a CRC volunteer drove them to Mather, met with their new case manager, followed them to their new home, which already had furniture!  We helped the family move in knowing that the more peaceful life they had longed for was now in reach.

Billy

A man, a boy and a dog

Billy came to the CRC late in the summer of 2013. A Veteran of the Afghanistan war, he had his baby son and service dog in tow. No home to go to due to health and emotional issues within his immediate support family.Through our project “Susie’s House” the CRC provided lodging in a local motel as we worked with Billy on applications for assistance and resources.Now connected with childcare and care for his noble, service dog, Billy is back at work and supporting his family.Still working on issues like PTSD in order to get to place of good health, and the CRC remains available to support. We are honored to have been a part of the story of Billy and baby and the beautiful black service dog.

Anita

Reconnecting a Family

I am eternally grateful for all the blessings God has given me thus far. But when I was down and out and had nowhere to go, I was led to the doors of the Community Resource Center (CRC) which helped me tremendously. Because of where I came from, the wreckage I caused, I was having a hard time finding someone to give me a chance even when it came to renting a place to live. Using tools I learned in my recovery program and relying on my faith, I was able to let go, and God stepped in, and the CRC was there to guide me. First, the CRC put me up in a hotel room so I wouldn’t be homeless, because I had no place to live. Second, I used the computers at CRC to look for employment found a job. Third, I was the first client from CRC to reside at Susie’s House, a studio apartment that rented. This apartment provided me the opportunity to get back on my feet. I lived there for three months and worked closely with the CRC staff to find a place to live that would allow me to bring my children to a safe home.  Obstacles would arise and it would get frustrating. CRC staff and volunteers were always there helping me, encouraging me, giving the hope to keep on trying. The CRC goes above and beyond….as long as I continued to put in the footwork, they came alongside.  For example, staff from the CRC would call and put in a good word for me when I applied for rentals.  With their help and my perseverance, I found a place I could bring my children home to. A place we can call home.