The resident women of INNterim Housing Corporation have been placed in a variety of jobs, including:
- Accountant – Morgan State University
- Bus Driver – Baltimore County Public Schools
- Finance Officer – Woodstock Job Corps
- Financial Aid Officer – Community College of Baltimore County
- General Nursing Assistant – Rosewood Center and Northwest Hospital
Congratulations to all residents for working so hard to achieve your goals!
Read a few of our success stories ~
As her relationship with an increasingly abusive husband became unbearable, she realized she could no longer protect herself or her children. Margo was working and knew she could make it on her own so she took temporary refuge with a family member. She entered a home ownership program in Baltimore County and started working diligently to establish her own credit and build the reserves she would need to be eligible to purchase a home for her family. Little did she know the family member who took her in would sabotage her plan by making them leave immediately, with no notice or reason.
“We were devastated,” Margo whispers as she fights back the tears that return with the memory of that moment.” “They knew we had nowhere to go and they just threw us away.” Margo and her three children spent almost two months in a shelter before they were selected by INNterim.
“I was a volunteer before all this happened and now I suddenly knew what it was like to be on the other side of the table.” When we arrived at INNterim it was a real relief. “INNterim staff gave me back my peace of mind. We were safe and everyone here wanted us to make it back to the life we knew – back to self-sufficiency.”
Margo’s children are doing well since settling in at INNterim. They are each above average students with high aspirations of attending high school and already thinking about careers in science and engineering. INNterim provides them with a host of activities, including full time summer day camp, after school programs, help with homework, and volunteer-led activities in the evening.
Although Margo is employed, in fact working two jobs, INNterim has helped her access additional resources to help her continue to save and prepare for their return to a home of their own. “We appreciate so much having the privacy of our own space and the community of the other families. We’re all here for different reasons, but all share the common goal of providing a better future for our families.”
Alisha once had a happy life. She was married, living in her own home, and had a career she enjoyed. Unfortunately, a disabling injury interfered with her career and her life at home began to change. As her relationship with an increasingly abusive husband became unbearable, she realized she could no longer protect herself or her children.
She sought safety living with family members. “They knew we had nowhere to go and they just threw us out.” Her only option was to move to an emergency shelter, having exhausted all other possibilities. She and her children lived there for three months. They had to vacate every morning at 7 a.m. and could not return until 6 p.m. at night. The children’s grades suffered and Alisha got stomach pains and headaches.
Today, Alisha is one of 10 families living with her two children, ages three and six, at INNterim Housing. “When we arrived at INNterim, it was a real relief. I found peace of mind with the help of INNterim staff. We were safe and everyone wanted us to make it back to the life we had known – back to self-sufficiency.
Now that they are settled in at INNterim, Alisha and her children are working hard to regain independent housing. INNterim staff have provided case management and life skills training for Alisha and ensured the children attended summer day camp and after school activities, tutoring as needed, and lots of volunteer-led recreational activities.
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.
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.
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