Derby Line, VT – 70-year old woman living in her home, with a large mortgage and 2 large dogs. Former housekeeper at Medical Arts until having a major stroke, a year ago. Has unregistered car. Mix up on SS benefits, got behind, VNA helps with bathing. Would seek subsidized housing were it not for the dogs. One is 132-pound older dog. Joshua House Inc. helped by paying $213.97 to VEC.
Lyndonville, VT – Woman found out in Dec. that she has breast cancer, cannot be treated in St. Johnsbury. Bi-weekly visits to Dartmouth, Lebanon, N.H. Shared info. on other help sources with her such as Halo. Joshua House Inc. sent her a $100 gas card purchased at Cumberland Farms for transportation.
Newport, VT – Joshua House Inc. paid $575 to Memphremagog Rentals for a homeless, couch surfing individual employed at R.D.I., who walks to work. He saved up for all deposits except for the amount we paid. Individual housed.
Orleans, VT - Referral from Orleans Federated Church for a man who could no longer afford the family home in Orleans, so has moved into subsidized housing. He is a person who cared for his parents until they died and suffers with mental illness and social disorders. Having been hospitalized, he got behind in rent but is sustainable in this setting normally. Joshua House Inc. paid his back rent of $143.00. JH had paid $24 to get him an I D so he could get unemployment. This is our final assistance until next Feb.
Newport, VT – Single mom, with two children under 6 years of age. She works two jobs to support family. Circumstance of her employment shift due to exploitation and seasonality. Housing location change needed due to building sold and reconfigured. Father of children lost his job, stopped child support. New work position starting March 15. Being evicted today, in need of immediate assistance.
Through Joshua House Inc.’s (Brenda’s) research: NEKCA presented her to Community partners and case is pending; Brenda spoke with contact at Windsong Apartments, Punta Gorda, Fla. Joshua House Inc. sent $775 to landlord and stayed the eviction. Very hard working woman needed a hand up.
Troy and Derby, VT - I picked this couple up at the Newport City Motel, where they had run out of money to pay. Took them to Border Motel and paid $400 where arrangements were made for a two week stay by Joshua House. A disabled Veteran who will be receiving help from VA for an apartment in March. Both alcoholics, and former homeowners, faced a string of hardships and became homeless, slept under porches, then in a car that they eventually lost from overuse of heating, etc. Home was foreclosed on and furniture stored.
Through working with Border Motel Management, and a business owner in Derby, housing continued until apartment opened up in Derby. Connected to Derby Comm. Church for emergency food/meal.
Barton/Newport, VT - Joshua House Inc. paid the Border Motel $140 , for a dad with a daughter who was visiting him, when the temperature went above 30. When the temp dropped they were able to move to Pinecrest in Barton with State assistance. These 5 people could all have been served by a warming shelter, as their stays were temporary housing.
Barton/Newport, VT - Due to the weather warming up and causing State assistance to stop, we were contacted by Samantha Stevens at NCUHS, asking us to house a family that would be in their car, if we did not help. Joshua House Inc. paid the Border Motel $210 for three days for a couple with a 12-year old daughter. We the temperature dropped again they were able to relocate to Pinecrest in Barton with State assistance.
Charleston, VT - Pastor Mike DeSena of the Morgan Church authorized $400.00 to support a family with three children, currently doubled up with family in Newport. This doubled-up situation is a second housing transition for the children since the start of the year because the family members they had originally been staying with had bedbugs, and the children were being eaten up. They treated the few belongings they had from that home, and all seems to be taken care. Joshua House Inc. has pledged to cover $800 of the $1200 needed. NEKCA helped them with an issue last October, so they will not be eligible for help from NEKCA for another 4-5 months.
Johnson, VT - Joshua House Inc. paid landlord Tom Myette $300 assist homeless family with rent. Referred by Most Holy Name of Jesus, paying $ 200, Morrisville and Capstone. Man now has job. Family Housed.