“I just can’t do this anymore!” Ruth was frantic on the other end of the phone. Her life was stable until recently.
She has lived in this area for 15 years; her two children are doing well in school; she strictly and meticulously watches her budget each month. But now, she doesn’t have enough to pay the electric bill and she is at wits end with eight people living in her small two-bedroom apartment.
When her brother and his family had no place to go, she let them move in temporarily. Although she couldn’t imagine not helping, it has been taxing on her family and stressful on her income. Ruth’s brother, Edward and his wife, Katrina, and their two girls, moved in with Ruth to escape an unsafe situation. He quickly found employment, though at a low wage – not enough to afford their own place.
Fast-forward seven months – Edward and Katrina are in their own home nearby and Ruth’s home has returned to normal. Edward has increased his income to a sustainable level, and Katrina is completing a certification that will allow her to work from home and be with the girls.
This is a story of how Western Wake Crisis Ministry helps through the HOME Project. With a focus on stability and sustainability & relationship, WWCM provides goal and strategy planning, case management, financial assistance, and other opportunities for families in need.
To learn more about The Home Project, click here