Giving a Helping Hand During Unexpected Crisis
Luis is an Uber driver and lives alone in an apartment in Dunwoody. He’s originally from South America and doesn’t have much family here. Late last year he got COVID-19 and was hospitalized for three months! After recovering he needed help or faced eviction. The hospital referred him to CAC. CAC paid two months of his past due rent and gave him food. He is now a regular client at our Dunwoody food pantry, is back to work supporting himself and has remained in his apartment. When you give to CAC you give a helping hand to our neighbors facing unexpected crisis, helping them avoid homelessness and get back on their feet.
Bridging the Gap: Helping a Family go from Crisis to Self-Sufficiency
Earlier this year a single mother of 3 young girls was referred to CAC after receiving help from another organization. Sandra moved in 2020 from California to Georgia where she had some family. She was working but then got sick with COVID for several weeks and in that time she was replaced at her job. When she was looking for work she had no income for rent. CAC paid 2 months of her rent to keep her and her girls from becoming homeless.
With experience in accounting and some business education she found a new job as a credit manager. Unfortunately the job was not nearby. With no car she had to take two buses to get to work after sending two kids off to school and bringing the youngest to day care. Her days were long. Unknown to Sandra, CAC received a donation of a good condition SUV. After sorting through many client candidates
CAC called Sandra to let her know she’d been chosen to receive a car. She couldn’t believe it! She was so surprised and grateful! “This car is already making a huge difference in our lives,” said Sandra. Following rent help to keep her apartment, finding a new job and now with transportation Sandra is back to being a self-sufficient member of the community
Education for Successful Living
Daniel found out about Community Assistance Center’s Adult Education Program from a flyer at his church. He attended English as a Second Language classes at CAC for two years. Although already a U.S. citizen, this Iranian native often comes to the citizenship classes to practice his English and learn more about his new country. Daniel also had his taxes prepared for free at CAC through the VITA program. “I appreciate the kindness I find at CAC,” says Daniel. “It is not easy to learn other languages. My improved English has helped me a lot in my job working with customers.”