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.
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