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Allyson’s Mom Heather is a hard-working single mother who struggled to pay her bills. Even though she was working full-time, Heather’s salary was barely enough to cover her family’s basic expenses like food, rent and child care. She received no child support and no state assistance.
The tipping point came when the family lost their child care because the bill hadn’t been paid. With no one to watch her girls, Heather lost her job and from there the family quickly spiraled downward: they were evicted from their apartment and ended up in a homeless shelter.
“Taking my girls to a homeless shelter was the hardest thing I ever had to do as a mom,” says Heather. “But I felt like we had nowhere else to turn.”
Things began to change for Heather and her daughters when after two months in the shelter, she found the Front Door Agency’s Transformational Housing Program. Finally, she and her girls were in a stable place and Heather could begin to take positive steps to become independent. She earned professional certification in medical coding and billing and found a better paying job. The entire process took amost two years and included intense case management and financial literacy classes — but Heather was able to repair her credit and qualify for a mortgage.
Recently, the family moved into a brand new Habit for Humanity Home of their own in Nashua. They are not only stable, they are flourishing!
“We wouldn’t be where we are today without the Front Door Agency. Thank you for making our ‘forever home’ possible!” – Heather
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Sadly, there are many more families like Heather’s in Greater Nashua who need our assistance to become self-sufficient. Last year, more than 2,200 individuals came to us for help, seeking to get on the path to self-sufficiency. They may have suffered a job loss, divorce, illness or other major event that upset the balance of family life. We are able to provide the tools, resources and case management they need to change their lives, but we can’t do this important work alone. Your generosity is vital to the work we do and to the health of our entire community. Thank you for your gift to our Annual Fund. Together, we are transforming lives!