Pam's Pathway Home
"Georgette was one of my guardian angels"
Last June, Pam was in a car accident which changed her life forever. This sudden and unexpected life event forced her to take a leave from work. She wasn’t cleared to go back to work until January, leaving her with over 6 months of no income.
In the midst of being out of work, she was, unfortunately, unable to secure long-term disability which forced her to resign from her position in order to receive medical benefits and food assistance. This stuck Pam hard, as she hadn’t been on assistance for over 20 years. She always worked and was supporting her family on her own independently.
During this tense time, Pam also dealt with a stressful personal relationship at home. She wanted to hold on and make it work as she was afraid to be alone. She soon realized the situation was not going to get better and was able to leave in October 2020.
She would find places to stay in the meantime, traveling from house to house. Some weeks staying at daughters, some weeks staying at sons, but even there she did not feel 100% safe in case she were to come in contact with the perpetrator. During this time, she still was not cleared to go back to work yet and began to fear for her future.
Luckily, Pam’s son connected her with a program that had access to a multitude of services and re-housing programs. This is where she found Family Promise of Northern New Castle.
She was taken in at the Hope Center from February to May, and even with the beautiful and safe facility she still felt scared as she had a family, but she knew she needed help and resources to get her back on her feet.
Georgette, Pam's Case Manager at Family Promise worked with her and quickly made her feel right at home. Georgette would check-in and assist Pam with job applications, helped her keep track of where she applied, and brainstorm new job opportunities wherever she was looking.
Pam admired the fact that Georgette cared so genuinely for each and every one of our families, and took the time to talk them through every step. Even though Pam was motivated, Georgette went out of her way to push and keep her going.
She commented that the “case managers keep pushing you to do your best, they make sure you’re comfortable, but also make sure you have a solid plan.” Georgette made sure Pam wouldn’t fall back to the mindset she used to be at, as Pam developed such bad anxiety from the situation, she was unable to eat at certain points. Whenever Pam felt sad, Georgette was her cheerleader, and it made all the difference.
Now, Pam is in her own apartment, and she truly feels at home. She secured a new and better job position, where she enjoys most weekends off and gets paid leave for Holidays and bad weather, something she never had before!
Her goals for the future are “to work on my credit, go to school for social work, visit shelters and families in need to tell them my story, and to help motivate other people struggling with homelessness.”