Homelessness Peaks in the Summer

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According to Beth Fetzer-Rice, Director of Social Services for The Salvation Army, the need for family housing peaks during the warm-weather months. Rice details further that 35% of the homeless population in Central Oho consists of families with children.

Jessica Richardson and her children have lived these grim statistics. She certainly didn’t envision ending up in a homeless shelter with her family. She had been the primary caretaker for her father who passed away this spring. She was left without an income and nowhere to turn…until the YMCA Family Center connected her to a case worker with The Salvation Army’s Direct Housing Program.

With assistance, Jessica and her children found so much more than permanent housing. Her children are thriving in their stable environment and Jessica enrolled in our Career Enhancement Center and received linkage to employment and education and training. She is currently taking classes at Columbus State Community College.

“The goal planning and home visits during the program helped me to stay motivated, to be held accountable and to overcome obstacles,” says Richardson.

The Salvation Army offers a broad array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. In 2012, 2,621 people were helped through our fifteen different Housing programs.

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