At 7 months pregnant, Carol and her 1-year-old son were accepted into the Next Chapter program from a referral through Adam’s Street Shelter. Carol is a survivor of domestic violence and had been homeless for four months. Carol expressed a desire to break her cycle of poverty, set a positive example for her children, own her own housekeeping company, and receive her high school diploma. During Carol’s time in our program she has been able to raise her credit score over 380 points, secure a business license and start her housekeeping business, graduate high school through Bates College, and give birth to a healthy baby girl. Carol is now prepared, confident and in the process of securing permanent housing.
Keisha was accepted into the Next Chapter program through leaning about our program on social media. Keisha was sleeping in a tent on the street because the home she was living in sold and she could not find an affordable home that would accept her given her credit and criminal history.
Keisha was also faced with legal custody challenges given her history with substance abuse and being a victim of domestic violence. During Keisha’s time in our program she has raised her credit score 200 points, obtained partial custody of her 11-year-old son, secured employment as a caregiver, start pre-nursing school at Pierce College, opened a bank account, paid off a past eviction, and purchased a vehicle. Keisha has secured her own housing and is now thriving in her next chapter.
Deborah was accepted into the Next Chapter program from a referral through Network Tacoma. Deborah is currently housed in one of Network Tacoma’s transitional apartment buildings. Some of Deborah’s barriers to permanent housing are low credit, lack of stable income, bank account, and budgeting.
After we pulled Deborah’s credit, criminal, rental, employment, and education history we discovered Deborah had an open garnishment from 9 years ago. We were able to find the reason for garnishment and continue communication with the creditor to negotiate a settlement. Through Next Chapter Deborah has learned how to write effective letters to the credit bureaus and debt collectors. With our guidance, Deborah has planned a realistic budget, made arrangements to pay off creditors, set up interviews at local hospitals, and has opened her first bank account. By working closely with her case manager at Network Tacoma, Next Chapter has been monumental in securing a successful transition for Deborah and her teenage son.
Ashleigh was referred to our program through Step by Step at 37 weeks pregnant and with a one year old baby. We immediately got to work on some of Ashleigh's barriers to housing. Within 4 weeks, Ashleigh successfully paid off derogatory marks on her credit report, wrote letters to the credit bureaus, had money saved to pay off a previous landlord, and delivered a healthy baby boy! Because of Ashleigh's dedication and hard work, Next Chapter and Step by Step were able to secure housing for her and her sons.
Grace was accepted into the Next Chapter program from a referral through Adam’s Street Shelter. Grace, a survivor of domestic violence and substance abuse, and her four daughters had been in shelter for over five months. We went straight to work with Grace to find employment, obtain a driver’s license, pay off a past eviction, and secure a bank account.
During Grace’s time in our program she has raised her credit score 125 points, paid off her past eviction, secured a bank account and found employment. Grace’s oldest daughter will be graduating high school, and her youngest daughter just turned one. Grace is now prepared, confident and in the process of securing permanent housing.
Yolanda was accepted into the Next Chapter program from a referral through Hope Sparks’ Family Raising Family Member’s program. Yolanda found herself in the position of having to raise her 12-year-old grandson and homeless. Yolanda expressed her desire to open her own catering business and build her credit. During Yolanda’s time at Next Chapter she was able to start her own catering business, pay off a previous eviction, secure and begin mental health counseling for her grandson and secure housing.