At Grace and St. Peter's
Moving to Independent Housing: A Success!
In April 2014, Andrea and Claymont and their five children moved out of our Rectory and into independent, stable housing. A little over a year earlier, this family moved into the Rectory next door to the church through the Partnership in H.O.P.E. program with Christian Community Action and Grace & St. Peter’s. The family had been living in the shelter for homeless families at Christian Community Action in New Haven, and the goal of the Partnership in H.O.P.E. program was to provide them with a transitional housing situation that would enable them to reach the concrete goal of achieving financial security and stability and become able to move into independent housing. The fact that they are now doing so is a story of success for this program of partnership between Christian Community Action and Grace & St. Peter’s. We give thanks to everyone in the congregation who helped this family through donations, prayers, or otherwise to succeed in moving out of homelessness and into a place of stability and independence.
After Andrea and Claymont and family move on, another family moved into the Rectory in May, through the same program with Christian Community Action. They are Kimberly, Sebastian and their five children, all under the age of 14. They moved here from Florida some time ago, and very soon afterward, the hopes of that move were crushed and they found themselves homeless, living in a hotel. (If you think that living in a hotel sounds nice, hearing their story of what that is really like has convinced me that it would be a nightmare.) In concern, the manager of the hotel called Christian Community Action, and they were able to move into the shelter for homeless families there. Kimberly works as a cashier at a large supermarket. Sebastian was working as an usher at a movie theatre in the area, and recently has been promoted to the position of Assistant Manager. (Congratulations, Sebastian!)
This family will benefit from the opportunity to live in our rectory as they build up a solid foundation for the security, stability, and responsibility of independent housing. They are extremely excited about this opportunity, and extraordinarily grateful. In addition to the other benefits of this program, they are looking forward to living in a place where their children can play outside safely. They will continue to work closely with the case managers and staff at Christian Community Action as they live in our rectory and work towards their goal. We will pray for Kimberly and Sebastian and their children every Sunday by name while they are living in our rectory. Through the Partnership in H.O.P.E. program, we are providing this family with an important opportunity to get on stable footing and move into a stable, independent housing situation where they can thrive. Without our help, this family would have few options – and not good options – ahead of them. In opening our rectory to them and supporting them prayerfully, in partnership with Christian Community Action, we are showing concretely what Jesus Christ’s love looks like in the world and also using a major Church resource – the Church house – to serve God by serving those in need.