A Home for Christmas Story That’s Easier to Believe
After the story yesterday about the man trapped inside his body for 23 years (doctors said he was in a persistent vegetative state) and the recent discovery that he’s been awake and alert all this time (a story that is easier to believe as hoax than truth), today I want to direct you to a story that sounds true inside and out. The protagonist is a woman who thought she was renting from relatives, only to learn that she was paying rent to be a squatter in a condemned house.
Her House Fell Down
This woman was working in a nursing home. She came home from an extra-long shift and the front of her house was lying on the ground. It seems there was water flowing underground in that neighborhood, and it was causing houses to cave in. She was not even allowed to go back inside, because the house was condemned (something she did not know, as she thought she was renting a house from family members who owned it).
No Home AND a Cancer Diagnosis
For the next two years, she lived with a (very nice, very generous) friend who allowed her to stay with her children in one of the bedrooms in her apartment. This followed the caving in of the house and the discovery of cancer cells. She lost her home and her job, had no health insurance and was dependent on the goodwill of her friend and assistance from the government.
Her lucky day came when she was allowed to move into new low-income housing. She paid 30% of her income for rent and had access to support from social workers. She was able to further her education, and in time, she was working enough to leave the rent-supported living situation and buy a home.
Project H.O.M.E. provides permanent affordable housing to individuals and families who require regular supportive services. Residents pay 30 percent of their income for rent and are offered comprehensive services including case management, education, job placement services and health care.
Now, she lives in her own home, and works to help others. She has her own non-profit foundation called W.I.S.H. (With-In Strong Hands) through which she offers help to others who are facing housing difficulties.
… closest to her heart is her own nonprofit, With-in Strong Hands (W.I.S.H.) Right now, Myers is the nonprofit, working as a catchall advocate and problem-solver for people moving out of shelters into homes, senior citizens and anyone else that needs someone to speak up and look out for them.
“I try to solve problems for them, clean their houses for them free of charge, help with their paperwork,” Myers said. Her nonprofit lets her look after others the way she’s been looked after over the years.