TD Charitable Foundation: Inspiring Transformations
Helping others and hearing their success stories is what keeps us fueled and motivated for the work week here at The Front Door Agency. Our enthusiasm stems from those moments when we receive a heartwarming and sincere email from an individual or family whose life we have directly influenced. The amazing donations and grants received at our agency, including a recent grant from TD Charitable Foundation, allow us to continue our mission to change lives. They are the beginning steps in a process that creates inspirational success stories, such as Julie’s, who emailed us after “graduating” from our Transformational Housing Program and moving into affordable housing on her own.
A Family’s Life Changed
“There will always be good days and bad, but it makes it easier to look back and know that I have survived all that I have, and remind myself that I am stronger than I think…especially now that I have been given the privilege of this program.”Julie relayed these touching words to her case manager after spending a little over a year in the program.
She and her children are survivors of domestic violence and came to The Front Door Agency to break this vicious cycle, ready to take steps towards stability and financial independence. Her story began when she was just a 16-year-old teenager and she moved in with her 22-year-old boyfriend who was dealing drugs. In 2016, after many years, Julie finally found the strength to leave this hopeless situation. But with nowhere to turn at the time, she and her children ended up in a homeless shelter.
Scared, overwhelmed, and on her own, Julie feared having to run back to her old life since she didn’t know how she would support her family. During this moment of crisis Julie found The Front Door Agency, and through the support of her case manager and with a lot of hard work, she was able to finally put her troubling past behind her and begin pursuing new opportunities. Julie even remarked afterwards, that while she complained about the financial literacy classes, she realizes now how important and essential the information was to obtaining independence. “I had to have the basics before I could move forward,” she says.
TD Bank Making it Possible!
We recently received a grant from TD Charitable Foundation of $15,000 for our Transformational Housing Program. The Foundation is strongly committed to supporting improvements for economically vulnerable families in the areas of affordable housing, neighborhood revitalization and financial health. Generous grants like this allow us to continue to impact our community and give families like Julie’s the opportunity to work towards a new and better life. Thank you TD Charitable Foundation for helping us transform lives!