If you came into Flintridge Center on almost any given day in 2019, you would have had the pleasure of meeting April (and her dog, Roxy). Greeting everyone with a smile, and then returning to work diligently in the Flintridge Computer lab, April was experiencing homelessness.
After losing her home in November 2018, April, a former nurse, began searching for housing almost full-time. A Pasadena native, April remembers when Flintridge Center was built. After her son participated in the Apprenticeship Preparation Program, she started to learn more about Flintridge’s case management services, record change clinics, and job training programs.
Imagine all of the things lost when you lose your home. April shared the importance of having access to a computer, a microwave, and a quiet place to make phone calls while she was searching for a place to live. As April shared, “it’s hard sitting in the park trying to make an important phone call.”
As April was trying to find housing over the past year, she utilized some of those very services to help her get back on her feet. With support from case management here at Flintridge, therapy with our partners at the Pasadena Public Health Department, and Life Skills sessions with 2nd Call to help navigate the process of looking for housing, April was tapped into a network of organizations working to transform and empower our community.
Then, in September, after all of April’s hard work, Flintridge was able to provide housing assistance to April and her son. “The assistance is helping make a change in our lives,” April shared, “If we didn’t have these services, we probably would have lost our housing permanently.”
In November 2019, April moved into a new place: “I’m about to start my day with having housing. You want to start every day with a shower, warm food, and your own house. It changed my attitude.”
April’s story of relentless commitment is one of many. Please join us and help individuals in our community receive the services they need for a better future. We truly could not do the work we do without our network of partners like you. We need your support to continue supporting individuals in our community in the next year and beyond.