UPDATED: November 11, 2019
Destiny served our country in the military. Then she had a son and ran into tough times. She lost her housing and had nowhere to go. Destiny came to Bethel as a single mom with little hope for the future.
Today, she’s grateful to every Bethel supporter who has helped her rebuild her life and finances, and to “Mrs. Susan” Grant, our Next Step coordinator, who provides life-changing practical, financial and spiritual guidance for families in crisis.
Here is her letter of thanks:
First of all, I would like to say thank you for the opportunity to be a part of the amazing program, Next Step. When I first came to this program, I was very overwhelmed and honestly had no idea how my situation was going to change. I knew and believed God could change it, but I did not see how.
From my very first meeting with Mrs. Susan when we wrote out a budget for me, I knew the accountability alone was going to make a difference in my life. Mrs. Susan stressed in this meeting how important it was to start saving and so many things for me have changed since that first meeting.
I now have a savings account for the first time in my life. When I came into the program, I was four payments behind on my car and was on the verge of it being repossessed. Not only was I able to catch up on my payments, but I will also have it paid off soon.
I have started a contract position at (a local company) that has the potential to turn into full-time employment.
The income that I will be bringing in from this position will allow me to not only pay off my car but I will be able to save more money that will put my son and I in a better position when we move. The cost of moving is not cheap and because the only thing that we own are beds I will have to start over with purchasing household items and furniture.
Because I am a veteran, I have been connected by Bethel to the Volunteers of America and am now also enrolled in their Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program. Along with Mrs. Susan, I now have a team of people working with me to learn and utilize all the benefits that I did not know I had after getting out of the military.
I also now have medical benefits after being uninsured for the past 8 years and this is due to working with another case manager that was assigned to me through Volunteers of America.
I am in a much better place than I was when I came into the program.
An Update on Destiny’s story
Destiny recently moved from her temporary home in Bethel’s transitional housing program After Bethel connected her to the VA services she was entitled to, she was able to get a VA loan and buy a home just perfect for her and her son.
Destiny is still working in a contract position, but the company likes her work so well, she is being considered for a permanent position when one comes open. (Pray with us for that! It would give Destiny and her son further stability.)
When Destiny first came to us, she did not want anyone to know she had become homeless. At Bethel, she learned she was not alone, that this can happen to anyone, and that there are people who will guide you if you can get past pride and ask for help. She realized the amazing truth: We have a loving Father who cares for us and will come to our aid if we will allow it!
Destiny has claimed Jeremiah 29:11 as a life verse. “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
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