Daily Case Management Report for July
1) Our team has reached out and conducted several jail visits in Irvine and Santa Ana to provide books and emotional support to detainees who remain in detention given their lack of documentation. They can languish there for months or even years. Currently there are more than 1,000 very isolated people in Orange County alone. They do not have a right to an attorney or even a phone call. The visits are to give them strength in a very difficult and lonely time in their life.
2) Our team attended the Orange County Financial Stability Alliance meeting to learn about the importance of financial stability and the available resources to help our community members.
3) We would like to extend a big welcome to our newest case manager Sonik Sadozai! We are so happy to have her on the team especially given her passion in helping families in the community and her terrific work ethic.
Never Stop Believing in Yourself - Sleepless and Homeless in Orange County
I would like to share with you my journey of being homeless for the past six months. I became unemployed in February of 2016, which inevitably led to the loss of my home. I am a single parent with a 19- -years old son who is into his second year of college. My son and I went through this difficult time together, determined to stay together in our car and not to resort to a shelter. We didn't want to deal with the torture of being split up in separate shelters, so therefore we slept in our car together for 6 months. On occasion we would get a motel to get a good rest and sleep. Money was scarce since my only source of income was my unemployment benefits. The benefits depleted in July, which made the crisis even worse. When looking for a job, I somehow managed to conduct phone interviews from the front seat of my car using Skype. Interviews went on as scheduled just as if I had a home to prepare in and get ready for them. I never let this situation come in the way of moving forward. I had a vision, a goal and being homeless wasn't going to stop me. I kept on reminding myself that I was going to get through this and that God has "never left me nor forsaken me", He's been there for me in the past and He will be there for me again now.
Sadly, sometimes friends are not there when you need them, not even for a night of rest or a place for a few days. But, God always made a way out of it for us. God would send someone unexpectedly our way every time.
Recently, I received a job offer, which was absolutely fantastic news. However, I was still homeless and I was trying to figure out how I'd be able to work while living in my car. That's when I sat down, went onto the Internet and did some research on local charities, churches and non-profit organizations to see where that might lead me. Most of the places I called said they only served people who were local residents who resided in the area. I never stopped calling and asking around, and taking referrals and leads until I found a source that could help me.
During my search a mosque in Anaheim, CA referred me to Uplift Charity. I reached out to Uplift explaining my situation to them and letting them know I could use their financial assistance and guidance. They said they'd assist me! Uplift Charity went above and beyond to help my son and me. They kept their word, stood by me, gave me support when needed, which will never be forgotten.
Now, I have gone from homeless to having a home thanks to organizations such as Uplift Charity, Mosques and churches who extended a helping hand. The most difficult part of this whole situation was not the fact that we were sleeping in the car or being homeless, but asking for financial support. But being on a mission of determination, my faith got me through all of these months. This has made me a stronger person and brought me even closer to God. This whole situation has made me realize so many things. It has given me a whole different perspective on ordinary everyday things. I've come a long way with all of this, even prior to six months ago when it was just as difficult with this same homeless situation.
However, now things are totally different. I'm back on my feet again, I have a home and a job. I hope my story has been an inspiration to others who may be going through the same ordeal. Do as I did, stay strong, never stop believing in yourself and God.
If you'd like to support a family financially, please visit www.UpliftCharity.org and make a donation. If you'd like to mail a check, make it payable to Uplift Charity and mail to Uplift Charity, P.O.Box 6197, Anaheim CA 92816. If you have questions or feedback, email us at info@UpliftCharity.org or call us at: 714-614-7324.
Charity does not in any way decrease the wealth and the servant who forgives, Allah adds to his respect; and the one who shows humility, Allah elevates him in the estimation (of the people). - Sahih Muslim: Book 032 | Hadith 6264
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