2019 Stories

Client Stories from 2019

Stories from the Fill The Gap project in association with Interfaith of the Woodlands
[Note: All names are pseudonyms (names flagged with an asterisk (“*”).]


June 2019 Report


Interfaith of The Woodlands was able to assist a family to move into their home after living for several years in a small apartment. They are a family of six and had struggled to come up with deposit money for a home. Thanks to the Peace & Justice “Fill The Gap” Program, we were able to help the family live in a bigger home. They were extremely happy and grateful for such a wonderful program!


Client is an Army veteran who moved out of state to further her career. After a year of being out state her the client’s daughter lost custody of her 2 kids who lived in Texas. This client decided to take full custody of her grandkids and care for them so they wouldn’t end up in the foster care system. Unfortunately she had to move back to Texas and begin to pay for deposits for gas, water, and daycare. The P & J program was able to help with $440 towards her electric deposit ultimately helping her have a successful move.


Ginger has been a client at Interfaith for seven years. She has been living at Holly Creek and has had her apartment broken into multiple times, an electrical fire, and fines for trying to solve the problem of her porch flooding and causing her daughter’s bike to rust. Her complex told her they would not renew due to the amount of complaints and safety concerns. She has found a place in Montgomery, where she has always wanted to live, and thanks to the Peace and Justice Fill the Gap Program she was able to get her deposit paid and will be moving into a new place with her two kids in June.


Interfaith of The Woodlands was able to help their family with their electric deposit due to the P&J “Fill The Gap” Program. The family recently moved into a new home and due to a high rent deposit they could not afford the electric deposit. Once Interfaith informed them about the program, they were extremely thankful to be a part of such a wonderful community!


Kim is a 65 year old client who lives with her husband. He has a disability but has not been approved for RSDI yet, and has recently lost his job. While he was working they were able to pay their bills and costs of living but now with only her limited social security income they have been struggling. They were unable to pay their electric bill and their electricity was turned off. Thanks to the Fill the Gap program they were able to pay a new deposit and get their electricity turned back on.


Gina is a single mother of two teenagers. She has been struggling to make ends meet, making under $1500 a month to support her family of three. She has recently moved into a new home and did not have the money to pay an electric deposit and has been without power for a week. Thanks to the fill the gap fund she was able to have her deposit paid and get her electricity turned on.

May 2019 Report


Family of four had been living in Timber Lakes/Timber Ridge where it has flooded twice in the last few years. Client stated that landlord is now selling the home and informed the client they had to leave within 2 weeks. Client found affordable housing but needed assistance with rent deposit. Client was very appreciative!


Reba is a 62 year old woman who had been staying at a women’s shelter in Conroe since the beginning of January. She had lost everything after she decided to leave an abusive relationship. She was able to secure employment after the first month at the women’s shelter and also able to locate an apartment in Conroe. Due to the P&J deposit assistance program she was able to successfully transition out of the shelter and into her own apartment.


Lisa came to Interfaith of The Woodlands seeking for assistance with her electric deposit in order to move into her new apartment. She had mentioned that the only way the apartment agency could provide a copy of her lease would be when her electric deposit was paid. Unfortunately, she did not have enough to pay both her rent and electric deposit. Thanks to the Peace and Justice “Fill The Gap” program, she was able to move into her new apartment with her children. She was utterly grateful for living in such a wonderful community!


Client came to Interfaith of The Woodlands seeking assistance with her rental deposit. Client is a single Mother of a son who is in high school. He has been a varsity
football player. Last year, he suffered an injury during a football game. Rushed to the hospital with life threatening injuries, he underwent multiple surgical procedures. Client lost her employment during her son’s treatment. Family does not have medical coverage. Financial strain resulted in family being evicted and homeless for a period of time. With the help of the Peace and Justice program, family will be able to pay the rental deposit to secure a home


Sandy has been going through a difficult situation, since she recently moved down from another state with her six children. She came to Interfaith of The Woodlands seeking for any assistance. Interfaith was able to help her in several ways, but thanks to the P&J “Fill The Gap” Program, she had her electric deposit paid and avoided disconnection. Sandy is very grateful to have moved into such a wonderful community.


Interfaith of The Woodlands was able to assist a family to move into a house after living for several years in a small apartment. They are a family of six and had struggled to come up with deposit money for the house Thanks to the Peace & Justice “Fill The Gap” Program, we were able to help the family live in a bigger home. They were extremely happy and grateful for such a wonderful program!


February 2019 Report


63 single woman fled a domestic violence situation and needed assistance with rent deposit. Client was unemployed but recently found a job and will be receiving pay in a few weeks. Client was very appreciative of the assistance!


Jessica, a 32 year old mother of 4 children was living with family members and unfortunately her children were placed in foster due to living in unsafe conditions. Client had to search for affordable housing for herself and her children and luckily found an apartment complex in Conroe, TX. Due to the P&J fund, we were able to assist client with $200 towards her rent deposit. She will now be able to provide a safe home for herself and her children.


Doniesha came to Interfaith of The Woodlands seeking for deposit assistance. She is a single young mother trying to become independent and move out of her parents’ house. Thanks to the Peace and Justice “Fill The Gap Program,” she is able to finally move into a stable home to raise her own daughter. She was extremely grateful that Interfaith offered this kind of program in the community.


Jonathan reached out to Interfaith of The Woodlands needing assistance with his electric deposit. He is currently going through a rough time due to having vehicle problems and losing his job. He called his electric company and they referred him to us for help with the deposit on this utility bill. Thanks to the Peace and Justice “Fill The Gap Program,” we were able to assist with his deposit and avoid disconnection for him and his daughters. He was extremely grateful and inspired to create a non-profit organization of his own.


Client came to Interfaith of The Woodlands seeking assistance with her rental deposit. Client shared that she moved to area approximately four years ago to help care for her Mother who suffers with dementia and mental health disorders. Client’s mother’s symptoms have worsened over the years and she has become physically and verbally aggressive towards client. Client no longer feels safe in current living conditions. Client is going thru her own medical treatment and has pending back surgery this month. Client was approved for HUD housing assistance. Client was able to find an apartment within same apartment complex as her Mother so she can remain close to her. She was very thankful for this assistance and so happy that she can still be close to her Mother.


Client came to Interfaith of The Woodlands seeking assistance with her electric utility deposit. Client and her two children had to relocate after their home burnt down, due to an electrical issue. Client shared her home was less than ten years old and had a history of electrical problems. Family lost everything, but thankfully, no one was injured. Thanks to the Peace and Justice program, family will be able to pay the deposit on their utility service.


We were able to help an elderly client with health problems and who stated that she needed assistance with electric deposit. She stated the home she is having to move into was her mother’s home, but her mother passed away and she is the only living relative who is willing to take care of the home. A deposit was required to add her name to the current electric service at that address.


We were able to help a single mom with a utility deposit as the client’s utility bill was under husband’s name for 16 years, but he passed away. She needed to switch it to her name and that unfortunately came with a $600 deposit. She lives in home with 19 yr. old son. Client has never received financial assistance from us before.


We were able to assist a mother and adult daughter with a rent deposit. They had been evicted from a family members home as they both were unemployed. Each report that they have found jobs and are able to support themselves on their own. Both expressed gratitude for this assistance.


Interfaith of The Woodlands was able to assist a single mother with her electric deposit thanks to the Peace and Justice “Fill The Gap” Program. She had a recent separation of household and had to move into her own apartment. Due to her the high expenses from moving and having to start over, she was in desperate need for the assistance. She was extremely grateful and stated that “in the near future wanted to give back to the community.”


Client came to Interfaith of The Woodlands seeking assistance with her apartment deposit. Client had recently left her husband of 29 years, due to domestic violence. Client shared due to hardships, her husband began drinking in the last few years of their marriage and became physically abusive towards her. Client and her husband tried counseling thru their church, but she ultimately had to leave the abusive situation. Client is actively involved in her church with volunteering and is perusing her Master’s degree in Bible Studies. Client is participating in a Transitional Supportive Housing Program thru the Women’s Center.

Thanks to the Peace and Justice program, she will be able to pay the deposit on her new apartment and begin a fresh start.


January 2019 Report


* David is a retired teacher who moved to this area looking for work. He is 65 years old and has recently beat cancer. When David came in to Interfaith he informed us that he has been living and sleeping in his car at a highway rest stop. He has found part time work and gotten approved for section 8 housing. Thanks to the Fill the Gap fund, David was able to receive full assistance for his deposit and will be moving into his new place in seven days. Interfaith was also able to set him up with somewhere to stay temporarily until his move in date.

 


* Terresa is a 57 year old grandmother who is has joint custody of her 9 year old grand-daughter. They have been living with Terresa’s sister while searching for affordable housing. She has found an apartment and thanks to the Fill the Gap fund was able to receive full assistance with her rent deposit. Terresa and her grand-daughter move into their new home in four days.


We were able to assist a mother of six children who had recently separated from her husband. Unfortunately, her husband abandoned her, and left her with debt on medical bills. She was very stressed and devastated to have to go through this situation. Thanks to the “Fill The Gap Program,” we were able to assist with her rent deposit. She was very thankful that the Peace and Justice offers such a wonderful program to the community.


We were able to help a single mother with a utility deposit. She recently moved to the area after a separation of her household and after securing employment able to move into a place of her own. Extremely grateful for the assistance as she and her daughters adjust to their new lives in Texas.


* Macy moved to more affordable housing with her disabled 14-year-old daughter this summer.  Because she could not afford to pay the deposit in full at that time, she had to establish a pay as you go account for her electricity. The month to month billing regularly caused an interruption in services that interfered with her daughter’s medical care. Thus, she needed assistance with a deposit so that she could switch to a regular monthly billing cycle. Macy and her daughter were appreciative of the assistance.


* Mary Beth, a single mother, came to Interfaith of The Woodlands seeking assistance with her rent deposit. Her only income was her disability check, and she could not afford to pay a large amount to move into a new home. She and her daughter were staying with family and friends until they were able to live on her own. Thanks to Fill the Gap, she was able to move into a mobile home and have a safe environment for her family.


*Mable had moved to more affrdable housing with her disabled 14-year-old
daughter this past summer. She could not afford to pay the electricity deposit
in full at that time, so she had to establish a pay-as-you-go account for her
electricity. Being on a month-to-month billing regularly caused interrupton in
services which then interfered with her daughter’s medical care. With deposit
money from Fill the Gap, she could switch to a regular monthly billing cycle.
Mable was very appreciative of the assistance.


*Janice was a single mother who sought help with her rent deposit. Her only
income was a disability check, and she could not afford to pay a large amount to
move into a new home. She and her daughter were staying with family or
friends until she was able to live on her own. Thanks to Fill the Gap, she was
able to move into a mobile home and keep a safe environment for her family