July 2017 Client Story

During the month of July 2017 START connected with a single mother of three who has resided in Stoughton for 1 year. As she and her family are considerably new to the community she was unfamiliar with several resources available to her and her family. She reached out to START for utility assistance and additional funds needed towards her rent after receiving a 5 day written notice. START was able to provide case management services along with rental assistance with the use of SIEMER funds in order to help stabilize this family. START was also able to connect her with a Joining Forces for Families (JFF) case worker to receive dual case management and rental assistance. Through collaboration with several different organizations in Stoughton, this single mother was able to have the total amount owed towards rent paid in full without causing a disruptive move. START also provided her with contact information for 2 food pantries which are available in town along with contact information for the Personal Essentials Pantry (PEP) which she was also unfamiliar with. START and JFF continue to work with this woman on a case management basis to help stabilize the family. One of the children is school aged and is newer to the Stoughton School District since moving to Stoughton 1 year ago and is in middle school. Prior to moving to Stoughton the family was homeless for 2 months while residing temporarily in hotels when they could afford it. When not staying in hotels they were able to double up with family and friends. Maintaining positive grades in school was difficult for her daughter while they were literally homeless. Since connecting to support systems and maintaining housing the daughter stated she is able to enjoy school more without worrying that she will have to move again.