Community intervention moves veteran from alley to apartment


The Humility Homes and Services Outreach Team is always reaching out to persons living in precarious housing situations and especially when they are living in “public and private spaces not designed for human beings.”

Here is a story that happened just last week. Thank you to the downtown business person who alerted us to a Veteran living in an alley:

“Sometime in late winter an employee at a local business reached out to me and told me about a woman experiencing homelessness who had been camped out behind a dumpster for some time in a parking lot adjacent to their facility. He and his wife, along with another colleague, had been washing and drying this woman’s blankets, and giving her food. Chris and I paid her a visit, and then several other members of the Outreach Team reached out to her over the months that followed. We learned that she was a vet, and eligible for services that she wasn’t aware of. She visited shelter once, but was resistant to stay. She continued to stay outdoors. Today Kerri is helping her move into her own apartment with the support of the Supportive Services for Veterans Families programs. With the household furnishings donated to our Fresh Start Donation Center, our new participant has been able to choose items to make her apartment her new home!”

Partnerships are key to ending homelessness and creating new opportunities! If you know of anyone living in dangerous situations, please call our Outreach Team on 563.322.8065.

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