On 12/12/22, I was informed that one of our clients, a 14-year-old, bed-bound with her mother and four siblings, was evicted and put in a shelter. Becoming homeless is very hard, but for this client, his brothers, sisters, and mother were even more challenging, especially at Christmas.
As soon as I received the case, I contacted the mother and gave her information about the needed resources. She was very diligent in calling all the programs. And she found they didn’t have funds to assist her with a security deposit or rental assistance because budgets ran dry since they were close to the year’s end. And for the rest of the other calls, nobody had called her back.
Moreover, I sent different emails to connect more resources to help this client. I also assisted the mother in conference calls with various agencies. During these calls, her voice was fragile, not because she was sick but hopeless.
Today 12/22/22, The mother called me to inform me that the court contacted her because her eviction was illegal and that she will move back home. She was joyful, and I felt her joy and even her lively smile through the phone. I even had goosebumps from how touching the moment was. I’m delighted about the big news.
Also, I was very grateful to the universe for all the help she received from different directions and for this case to have a fantastic ending during this holiday season.
This beautiful Christmas gift for them and I will remain in our lives forever such an Amazing holiday season Ending.
Liliana M. Villanueva CSW
Director of Social Service Department
December 22, 2022