Jessica W., a single mother, became a Easter Seals Greater Houston client after Hurricane Harvey. She sought assistance after being flooded in the home she was renting. We provided assistance and helped her get back on her feet. About a year later, Jessica hit another rough patch; she was laid off from her job. Jessica became a Food Scholarship Program participant to help ease food costs, and started working more closely with a financial coach. Jessica found another job, and this time stayed with the program, working first to create a realistic budget, and then to build her credit. Eventually, Jessica was able to get her credit where it needed to be to buy a home. Then COVID-19 hit. Jessica was unable to attend our first Homebuyer Education Classes and she took another financial hit. Her dreams of buying a home were slipping away. However, with COVID-19 Funding we were able to prevent Jessica from falling behind. She was able to stay afloat and overcome the hardest financial impacts of COVID. On September 30th, Jessica was able to close on a home for her and her son. She is now saving money from what she was paying in rent.
We cannot thank the Greater Houston Community Foundation enough for its constant support of Easter Seals Greater Houston’s work and its role in the distribution of emergency funds after disasters. We could not help families like Jessica’s stay afloat, away from crisis, and towards their dreams with GHCF’s partnership. Thank you Greater Houston Community Foundation, and our amazing liaison, Stephanie Blair!