Our Clients Find Hope and a New Start
Our programs transform the lives of many people in crisis, including single mothers and children in Transformational Housing. We invite you to learn more about some of the individuals and families we’ve been able to help.
Jillian: In Her Own Words
“When I first came to the Front Door’s Transformational Housing Program, I was in a really rough spot. I’d been forced to leave my home and I had no family or friends to turn to. At 19 years old, I was “couch surfing” and staying at Motel 6 with my daughter in a Pack ‘n Play. I knew something had to change, but didn’t know where to turn.
Through an online search, I found the Front Door Agency. Words cannot describe what this program has done for me and many other women. The program gave me hope when I thought I had lost all I had. It gave me the stability I needed to straighten out my life. At the Front Door, I was able to set goals, choose a career and go to college for something I loved.
Over these past few years, I’ve gone from being a struggling waitress and homeless teenage Mom to now having my own apartment and a career as an oral surgery assistant. This program allowed me to become the person and mother I wanted and needed to be. Thank you for giving me hope and a life I hardly imagined was possible!
Growing Family Avoids Eviction
If it wasn’t for the Front Door, my family would have ended up homeless.”
Marta and Tom were facing eviction from their apartment after their family of three unexpectedly grew to a family of six in one year. They had gained custody of a niece and nephew whose mother had passed away and in the same time period, Marta gave birth to their second child. As a result, the family fell behind on their rent and expenses.
The Front Door Agency was able to provide rental assistance and stop the family from being evicted. “I can’t thank you enough for giving us a chance to get back on our feet,” says Marta.
Jessica: In Her Own Words
The Front Door has positively touched my life and I am forever grateful for the positive impact the program has had in my life. I was born in the United States, but at a very early age I moved back to my parents’ homeland of Honduras to be raised by my grandparents because I lost the two most important people in my life here in America. I later made the difficult decision to move back to the United States. I found myself in an abusive relationship with my daughter Danielle’s father. I felt overwhelmed and backed into a corner.
I remember thinking there was no way out of my current situation. I didn’t speak English well; I didn’t have a driver’s license; I was unemployed and most importantly, I was alone in a new country. I knew something had to change for the sake of my daughter, so I found the strength to seek the help of a Domestic Violence shelter. I entered the shelter with my only worldly possessions: a few clothes and pictures from my past. What I needed was a positive path to the future.
The people at the shelter told me about The Front Door Agency. They said it was a safe place for my daughter and myself that would enable me to attend college and earn my secondary education. This felt like an otherwise impossible blessing.
My Life Today
While in the Transformational Housing Program, I took advantage of all the support and services I needed. I graduated with an associate’s degree in marketing from Nashua Community College. While I was in college, I earned placement on the President’s List and was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. I obtained my driver’s license and now own a car.
I remember when I first moved into the Front Door, I thought I shouldn’t be accepting all this help, that I should find a way to do it on my own. I now fully realize there was no way I could have achieved such progress on my own. I needed the support of the Agency so I could overcome my insecurities and become a self-sufficient member of this community. Today I am a strong woman and mother. I would just like to say thank you to all of you who became “my family” when I needed you the most.
Shannon: In her Own Words
“I woke up this morning, put on my scrubs to get ready to go to work at Dartmouth Hitchcock, got my daughter ready for daycare, and left my own apartment looking forward to the day. So much has changed in my life.
Three years ago I woke up not knowing how I was going to make it through another day. My partner, my daughter’s father, had become abusive; we were no longer safe; I had no money and no job; and we had no where to go. It couldn’t have gotten any worse. We left and stayed with a few friends and relatives, but the stark reality was – we were homeless. I started to look for places that might be able to help us, and ultimately was referred to the Front Door Agency’s Transformational Housing Program by the Upper Room in Derry, NH. The day I was accepted into this program is the day my life began to transform.
I was assigned a case manager who guided and supported me through the process of applying for TANF, childcare assistance, and food stamps. The other programs of the Front Door were able to provide the basics that I didn’t have. With the help of my case manager, I decided to pursue my interest in the medical field and became a Certified Nurse’s Assistant. I loved it! I knew I wanted to pursue nursing, so I applied to St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing and was accepted.
By this time I was in Phase II of the program and through the Good News Garage, I was able to get a car donated to me, which helped tremendously. Eventually I earned my LPN, passed my nursing boards, and got a job as a nurse. Words cannot describe how this program has made all the difference in my life and the life of my daughter.”