Laura is the Director of Front Door – Rapid Re-Housing Program. Front Door connects –80 people to better housing every year.
Laura had no idea that a simple direct conversation with new client Angela would change the trajectory of Angela’s entire family.
“I simply asked Angela, did she have somewhere safe to sleep tonight and if a space was available at Sarah’s Hope would she and her children be able to move-in” said Laura.
Sometimes we forget the power of a question.
That simple question, all in the scope of Laura’s daily tasks at Front Door, literally opened the door to a safe and warm place for Angela’s family to get back on their feet, out of the cold, out of borrowed cars and vans.
Angela’s memory is that it saved her! It was the dead of winter and she was out of options. It was too frigid to sleep in a borrowed car. She needed something more. Something safe and warm.
“I’m determined to make sure no one sleeps outside.”
“I’m determined to make sure no one sleeps outside.” said Laura. “especially if they do not want to sleep outside.”
“We are able to let them know it is their choice,” Laura continues. “Sarah’s Hope is a safe environment, but to many people who have experienced trauma and loss of dignity in shelters, they cannot fathom being on the street or in a transitional housing facility again.”
St. Vincent de Paul is re-defining “shelter” especially for people like Angela who have experienced trauma from past experiences.
“I am so happy Angela trusted me in that moment and made a decision to stay at Sarah’s Hope. She trusted that it was the right choice. She worked with her caseworker to set goals, make a plan and within a short time she and her family were re-housed in a place she could call home.” concluded Laura.