Families Free was connected with Felicia through our Community Impact program.  Felicia is a great example of who we’re helping…and why.  Felicia was referred to us by the Department of Children’s Services.  At the time our staff got involved in her life, she was living in a camper with her three children.  She had previously been in jail for 3 years, and was having trouble getting a job (with a felony on her record).  Naturally, she was having a hard time getting her life back on track.
How Families Free Helps… As case manager, one of the first steps Lisa took was to help Felicia get into housing through the Interfaith Hospitality Network.  Felicia credits this with helping her get stability back into her life.  She states that it is helping her save money as she seeks a new job.  She has experienced kindness through the various churches and volunteers at IHN.  And, she has been pleased that IHN makes no false promises – everything they promise, they have delivered.
Felicia has also worked with Diane through a parenting curriculum, which she says is helping her know how to communicate with and effectively manage her children.  Felicia also says that the simple friendship she has felt from Lisa, Diane, and Vicki has truly helped her out.  She recalls a simple, but memorable few moments at a book store one day after a mental health appointment with Lisa.  She says that the loneliness of her situation has made things worse…but the relationships she is building through Families Free is helping her get back on track.
Felicia “appreciates everything Families Free has done” for her.  She looks forward to finding a job, permanent housing, and continuing be involved with Families Free and IHN throughout this process.

Andrea McConnellFelicia

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