At INNterim, there are many success stories. We invite you learn more about a few of our past residents below.
Sitting in front of the Maryland Science Center, Nikki choked back tears as she told her three children that they were homeless and would be staying in a shelter until she could get things together. While she didn’t quite know how she was going to get things together, she did know that INNterim was a good place for her to start. Upon entering the program, Nikki was receiving Temporary Cash Assistance. She had 32 random college credits in an undeclared major, no childcare and a car that wouldn’t maintain a charge.
When they arrived, Ms. Katherine showed them where they would be staying and said they could play in the playroom later. Ms. Katherine also gave each of them a small toy that was “just for them.” Nikki just smiled and mouthed, “Thanks.” The first night was the hardest. Sleeping in an unfamiliar environment. Constant pangs of guilt. Fighting the desire to return and withstand abuse for the sake of her family. Not knowing what tomorrow would bring.
While adjustment took a little time, the family began to stabilize. As a plan took shape, sleep returned. The children transferred to a new school and met new friends. With extensive case management and supportive services, Nikki was able to receive the intensive care that she needed to overcome her unhealthy addiction to her abuser and began executing her plans for her family’s future. In addition to having a safe and secure stable residence, her specific supportive services included domestic violence counseling; self-worth building exercises and confirmations; a mental health referral; employment counseling; and training in life skills, financial and crisis management.
Nikki reclaimed her life and enrolled in Morgan State University’s accounting program. Two weeks into the semester, it became apparent that she needed a new starter for her car. A call to a donor got a new starter so that she could return to class. Nikki graduated from Morgan State University with a B. S. in Accounting. A local college hired her at an annual salary of $40,000. Today, Nikki has a new car and is paying full market rent on her first apartment. She is very grateful for her time at INNterim and the services that she received.
After a violent altercation with her husband, Stacie turned to INNterim. During her stay, she took full advantage of our supportive services. She actively participated in life skills, parenting, crisis and financial management workshops. This training enabled her to get out of debt. Within 15 months, the IRS hired Stacie as a 10-month employee. She also continued to pursue her B.A. degree in Theater. With the help of our Family Advocate, she secured an apartment. Today, Stacie is gainfully employed, has her degree and is able to provide a lovely home for herself and her children.
NS lived in countless foster homes since she was three years old. She dropped out of high school in ninth grade. At 27, she had three children and no family support. An abusive relationship eventually drove her and her children from their home. The Family Crisis Center referred her to INNterim. With the help of our supportive services, she is now working on her GED and hopefully will not be dependent on public subsidies in the future.
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