I was frozen, I didn’t want to speak to management.” -Maria (HOPE Client) Maria arrived at HOPE after a three-hour bus ride via Lynx from Altamonte Springs to Oviedo. She was between jobs and car trouble left her with no reliable transportation. She heard about HOPE through 211 – United Way of Central Florida’s telephone human services directory, and with fears of losing her home looming on her mind, she took the long trek east. Despite her determination, Maria came to HOPE discouraged. She told us that she had just been placed on eviction status at her apartment. The bigger problem, however, was her reluctance to receive help. Maria told us she tried to receive financial assistance before from a different nonprofit, but things fell through halfway during the process. She didn’t want to experience that again. We assured her that she qualified for help and that we’d do all we could to help her remain in her home and return to self-sufficiency. As such, despite her reluctance, and fear to speak with management at her complex, we got Maria the help she needed. One of our case managers spoke to management at her apartment on her behalf and worked through the process with her. HOPE also had her removed from eviction status and her balance was taken care of in three days. Next, HOPE helped Maria set goals for future rent payments and referred her to agencies that help with employment. She also received financial counseling and she was especially thankful for that, and for learning budgeting and credit management. We’re happy to report that this month Maria received a new job that is close to her apartment, that she has remained in her home and that things are looking bright again for her all thanks to HOPE.
Felicia came to HOPE asking for assistance. She was in crisis because she lost her apartment due to hurricane Ian. She shared that her landlord sold the property she was residing in. As a result, she was residing in a hotel and eventually did not have any funds for the hotel and ended up living out of her […]
Sometimes a little stability and consistency go a long way. DeAndre had a great job in insurance sales for a large law firm. However, his job, which depended on visits to client homes, suffered when the pandemic hit, causing his company to lay him off. Then things began to spiral. DeAndre lost his car and […]
When times are tough even the smallest obstacles can turn into serious challenges. Hollie and her extended family have been clients of HOPE throughout difficult seasons of their lives. Hollie in particular lives on a fixed income and raises three grandkids. As such, she and the children have benefited tremendously from HOPE’s annual Christmas in […]
“After the move, I was overwhelmed and got behind fast” is what Alisia told one of HOPE’s case managers when she first came to us for help. Alisia, a single mom, had recently moved across Central Florida to provide a better life for her daughter but had fallen on tough times. Alisia lived in Lake County through the […]
Last year Kendra lost her job and she couldn’t pay her rent. Fears of eviction mounted as her due date approached. Meanwhile her job search remained at a standstill. Then, Kendra learned about calling “211” which is a telephone human services directory run by United Way of Central Florida. She was then referred to HOPE […]
During New Year’s individuals and families re-evaluate, reset and recharge. Many set goals and “resolutions” for the coming year, while others bask in the freedom of an empty calendar brimming with possibilities. 2022 was a difficult year with record high housing prices, steep inflation, and constant stock market churn. Often, the only thing that was […]