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From the Storm”
When a homeless mom comes to us, she is in crisis,” says Claire Sellers-Sneed, one of Initiative’s two social workers. “They have no place to stay, no money, no job, no food, no clothes, no furniture and damaged self-esteem because of their homeless situation.”
“The first thing I do is listen to them and let them know we are here to help them so they can get their lives headed back on the right track. They need to know that the future is hopeful but sometimes it takes time for them to feel anyone really cares about them or wants them to succeed.”
Initiative provides them with housing, utilities, donated furniture, clothes, school supplies, MARTA cards, and whatever if takes to help them stabilize theirs lives and the lives of their children to help them move forward.
The social workers listen to the moms, coach them, hold them accountable, cheerlead them and provide them structure around employment, finances and parenting. This ongoing relationship between the mom and their social worker makes all the difference toward a successful transition to permanent independence and self-sufficiency.