“John” had pulled himself out of homelessness and obtained steady employment and an apartment. Things were going well for him until his car broke down unexpectedly. His job required him to have a reliable car and he could not afford to replace it. Then an ongoing health issue resurfaced that required surgery. It became difficult to keep up with rent. Financial help from a couple of agencies helped him get through his recovery and Threshold to New Life helped him with rent so he is able to recover in his home.
Deaths Nearly Become Double the Tragedy
Sometimes our clients run into a string of unforeseen hardships all at once. Over the past year, “Marcus” had to deal with the death of his newborn baby and his sister. These tragedies involved funeral expenses and travel costs above his typical expenses. These events also led to severe depression and left Marcus struggling to make his payments. A grant from Threshold to New Life and other agencies assisted him in getting his outstanding rent balance paid off and he is now in a much better situation and has been able to remain in his home.
Jake Breaks the Cycle of Homelessness for his Daughter
Jake was not new to being homeless, which started as a child. His life as a young adult was hard, living on the streets, loneliness and addiction. He knew there had to be a better life and started the recovery process. After getting treatment, Jake had additional responsibilities, which included being a single dad to a newborn. He needed a place to stay and had no network around the Twin Cities.
Through his church, he connected with Threshold to New Life. They were able to help with rent for transitional housing while Jake worked on a long-term solution for himself and his baby.
Threshold was able to remove the immediate stress so he could focus on their eventual home. They provided an opportunity to get him back on his feet. Jake thanks God for laying the groundwork to get him connected to Threshold to New Life.
Jake’s future for himself and his daughter looks bright!
Personal Care Kits from Imagine Church
Imagine Church (https://imaginechurchmn.com/) serving the St. Michael, Albertville and Otsego areas has a heart for outreach. It is likely borne out of the love for community and those in need from its Lead Pastor, Josh Christenson. Josh serve in a homeless ministry with a previous church prior to starting Imagine Church. The experience has changed him.
His team organized and assembled about 100 personal care kits for distribution among those in need, primarily folks in the Twin City homeless community. We began distribution this morning to several folks with smiling faces!
Thank you to Imagine Church for thinking of and caring for “the least of these”