Derek never needed help supporting his family. Then the pandemic hit and he lost his job.

Derek is a local chef and the sole provider for his wife and their 13-year-old-daughter. Last year, his job was furloughed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. He received unemployment, but it was nowhere close to his salary and soon, he fell behind on rent.

“I found myself without my job and in real need, shaking the stability of our family in ways I could have not predicted,” Derek said. “We have never asked for assistance before and I was not even sure how to go about doing such.”

Derek came to the Front Door Agency and worked with our Housing Stability Program Manager, Doug Howard, to get the assistance he needed to prevent his eviction. “The whole situation was very embarrassing for me,” said Derek. “And Doug did everything to not make me feel embarrassed… I would like to thank everyone at The Front Door Agency (especially Doug) for not just the assistance that you provided, but rather the way in which you provided it.”

Today, Derek is self-sufficient again. “You saved us from a terrible situation that could have included homelessness,” he said. “And you did so in the most effective and empowering way.”

Your support of the Front Door Agency helps local families like Derek’s work from crisis to self-sufficiency. Thank you for your ongoing support!