At Wallace House we prioritize chronically homeless and clients with disabilities. We also prioritize disabled homeless Veterans. Most of the people we help are without any form of income. Our goal is to provide the case management necessary for these clients to obtain steady income and permanent housing.
Here are some examples of the individuals and families we have helped:
For one family, Wallace House has been the foundation they needed to get back into permanent housing
“We were at rock bottom with nowhere to go. But now with a bed and shower to come home to, I’ve found stability and confidence. I’m so thankful every day for what Wallace House has done for our family”, says the Mom about her journey from homelessness to permanent housing and income.
Her husband gets teary-eyed when he recounts all the blessings their family has experienced as a result of Wallace House – including a home to rent.
“I’m a recovering addict and my family was homeless. I don’t know if I’ll ever forgive myself for the mess we were in, but now my wife and I have three jobs between us. Our son gets A’s in school and our daughter is a solid student with lots of friends. We are absolutely happy. Wallace House really helps those who try to help themselves.”
Healing from Childhood Trauma
When I first heard my Intake Manager tell my story, it seemed like I floated around the room for a while. I thought I was the only one who had experienced that type of abuse. He also talked about the shame. How shattered he felt by the trauma – was paralyzed by the fear. How relieved I was to know that I was no longer alone. He encouraged me to talk about it. He said “to reveal is to heal”. I no longer felt I had to hide. And there were others at Wallace House with similar stories. They talked about feeling safe. They gave me hope. I learned compassion for the broken people who tried to raise me. They didn’t have the tools. My parents had 160,000 hours to pass down the bundles from their parents, and their parents, and so on. They just didn’t have the tools. It wasn’t because they didn’t love me. They just didn’t know any better. I was bitter about my parents until I realized how bitter they were about their parents. Today I can be a parent to my children without passing down the bundle. And I can re-parent myself from a place of kindness, acceptance and love.
Back on Their Feet
At the height of the recent recession, the volunteers distributing food at St. Peter’s Catholic Church noticed an increase in those seeking assistance, especially amongst families. One of those families seeking help consisted of a mother, father and five children. Both mom & dad had been laid off from their respective jobs, and were doing everything they possibly could to hang on to their home. An important piece to their efforts was the availability of cost-free food for their children. For about 5 months this family came to St. Peter’s for food. Then one day, the rectory doorbell rang. It turned out to be the mom from this family, and in her hands were two bags of groceries. She smiled, and said “My husband found a job. We no longer need your assistance, and so I’m returning these groceries for someone else who may need them. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”
Without the food distribution collaboration between Wallace House and St. Peter’s Catholic Church, this family would not have had access to groceries for their children, and money that went to saving their home, instead would have been spent on food.