· A lady came in with her three grandchildren. She said their mother left them in her care suddenly and she didn’t know what she was going to do to meet all of their needs. The oldest was 13 and was very excited when he was able to find trendy jeans donated by Aeropostale. One of the younger boys refused to take off his new jacket. They also received a food order that included a cake and toy bags that were donated just for this purpose. The boys were thrilled to have something to smile about. This client said that it was such a blessing to be able to come and receive the things her grandsons needed.
After two months of searching, a 3CP participant was finally able to secure full time employment. This allowed a heavy weight to be lifted from his shoulders. He has a strong work ethic and is excited to be able to get his family back on their feet.
MC was incarcerated during the summer months and was just released in the middle of winter. All that she had were shorts and a short-sleeved shirt. MC was able to choose clothing from our thrift store and found a nice winter coat from our donation area. She began to cry when she was told that she could choose what she needed. I am so thankful that we have the ability at Cornerstone to meet immediate emergency needs!!
YT came to Cornerstone for clothing. She was released from prison and starting college for the very first time. We prayed for God’s peace over her mind as she was about to take this big step. YT was provided with a rolling cart to carry her books, clothing, and other material to start her school journey in the right direction!!
ST walked into to Cornerstone simply in need of information. She relocated to North Texas but had not yet been able to secure employment. She was living in her car in the parking lot of Walmart. Together we went over her housing and employment options and opportunities. I called a couple of resources with her and directed her to where she could get immediate assistance. I’m always thankful that we live in an area where there are multiple avenues for service. ST stated that she felt more hopeful after visiting Cornerstone. Please keep sweet ST in your prayers.
LN has been in the 3CP program for a month and a half and has started very well. She is focused on her goals and has achieved some of them. LN is now employed at Wal-Mart and enrolled at UTA. Her children have transitioned well making the honor roll and loving school. She is looking forward to a wonderful future.
SF has been working very hard to maintain a stable environment for her two children and herself. When her car broke down she was able to get it fixed right away. SF was able to have all three of her children wake up with her on Christmas day and she stated that was the best feeling she has ever had. The best Christmas gift ever.
LL is on track and is very focused. She is enrolled in TCC North and working in tax preparation. LL’s daughter is now enrolled in school. LL has begun to gain stability for her family and in doing so has gained self-confidence.
AM, single mother of 2, recently secured full time employment through a Temp agency. Although she is making minimum wage, she is excited about the opportunity to get comfortable with a full time, Monday through Friday, schedule. It was such a blessing to be able to pray with her as she embarks on a brand new journey, one of many she has already encountered while being in the 3CP program.
JG is a single mother of 4 children and was recently able to receive food stamps for her and her family. This amount is plenty to cover her and the children’s food expenses for the month. JG is able to save and put back into the bank the amount that she was previously spending on food.
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1. Ms. C will exit the program more than a year early in January 2013. She has been hired permanently as an administrative assistant with a company in Garland, TX and accepted a proposal of marriage. She will relocate to Garland to be closer to her job and her Fiancé. Her daughter is excited about the move, the job and the marriage as well. Ms. C plans to marry in the spring of 2013.
2. Ms. L, single mother of 2, was recently released from prison. She entered the transitional housing program after sleeping in her car because she was unable to live with family or friends. Shortly after receiving housing, she was blessed with a full-time job. She hopes that with stable employment and a roof over her head, she will provide a permanent happy home for her children.
3. A housing client enrolled in the program for a few months recently accepted employment through a temp agency working full-time. She expressed her thankfulness to the Lord for all that He has provided and praises Him for all the changes that are happening in her life.
4. Ms. R, single mother of two, is having a difficult time with her health and finances. After coming into Cornerstone to pick up gifts for both of her children, her case manager prayed with her asking for healing in her body, mind, and spirit. She also spoke with someone about GED classes and exams.
5. CA came to Cornerstone in need of financial assistance. Her unemployment was delayed and she was about to lose her car. She received assistance by two payments from Cornerstone but more importantly she received spiritual support. CA wasn’t sure why God allowed the current trials in her life. We prayed for her peace as she walks through this valley and she was reminded of God’s care for her. I thank God for the many opportunities to love on our clients.
6. AJ’s roommate moved out, suddenly leaving her with all of the expenses. After paying her bills she did not have resources to afford Christmas items for her children. AJ had the opportunity to select gifts (some even brand new!) from the Thrift store for her children thanks to the generosity of our community.
7. JW has custody of her grandchildren now that her daughter-in-law is in prison. She came to Cornerstone in need of financial assistance with her rent. She had been picking up cans and leaning on family for support but she just could not pay all of her December rent. We supported her with rental assistance as well as Christmas gifts, food, and a Christmas tree. Praise God for his provision.
Ms. T heard about CAN while in jail. She did not have a referral letter, but came to see what we provided anyway. Ms. T was a former realtor who had experienced a great amount of success, but with one wrong decision, lost it all and faced homelessness for the first time. We provided referral resources as well as food and diapers for her and her child. Before she left she said she was “Glad to know someone cared.”
ET came into Cornerstone in need of food and clothing for her family. We were able to meet that need, but beyond that, her daughter wanted a special Christmas dress. There was a perfect pink “Santa” dress in just her size (the only one left in her size, in fact). God is so wonderful to allow us to meet the needs and sometimes the wants of those we serve.
After 8 years, PS was laid off from her well paying job. She came to Cornerstone in need of rental, food, and clothing assistance. She received all of that assistance, but she was worried about feeding her pet. It was wonderful to meet that need for her as well. She needed dog food and sure enough someone had just donated a huge bag of it to Cornerstone! God is always on time!