We had a great time getting to know Benaiah, who needed help relocating to another area, so he can be reunited with his family. Through Cornerstone at the Friday outreach we were able to bless him with a bicycle.
We're excited for Ben's new beginning and our team is covering him in prayers!
Tyrone (23) and his mom Elizabeth (56) found themselves homeless after taking care of a family member with severe cancer. Their entire savings and efforts went toward restoration that unfortunately never happened. They had to start their lives again from scratch, and they found our outreach after our volunteer Corinne had met Tyrone on the street and helped him get a meal.
Both Elizabeth and Tyrone got jobs, but they had to spend almost everything they earned on hotels, transportation and living expenses.
Getting housing looked like a distant dream, they were tired but never lost hope. It was always refreshing to talk to them because they remained positive and were open to any possibilities.
Partnered with Tri-Valley Seek&Save, we worked together to look for any housing opportunities. A great local apartment rental unit was provided in partnership with a government agency, and we were able to move them in, furnish their place, pray over their new home and celebrate their new beginning! Tyrone had a message for our volunteers donors and supporters.
“Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act. Do not say to your neighbor, 'Come back later; I'll give it tomorrow'—when you now have it with you.”
*In the photo is our volunteer Corinne with Elizabeth and Tyrone
Lydia is a single mom, taking care of her high school aged daughter and a newborn baby girl. They were about to lose their current housing, and were facing homelessness if they didn't receive help.
Even though Lydia is a diligent worker, they did not have sufficient savings to enter into a new lease and could not cover their move-in expenses.
She needed help finding an apartment unit that is close to her work and childcare. We were able to help find the right unit and we covered the move-in costs!
Our volunteers helped them move and we provided household items and furnishing they needed in their new home. We want to thank our partner Arukah House for contributing!
Lydia said: "Thank you for everything. Words can't even explain. This is such a blessing and a huge weight lifted. God is good."
"Carry one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ." Galatians 6:2
We have known Rich for over 6 year now, he frequents our outreaches and has been a regular and wonderful contributor at our Bible studies. He has become a good friend to many of our volunteers. He has diligently kept a job for as long as we've known him, but remained living unsheltered.
20 years ago, Rich lost his license and had not driven a car since then. For many years he rode his bicycle from Livermore to Pleasanton for his night job. Riding was challenging and hazardous due to weather and cars on the road. Rich was determined to get his license back and he enrolled in classes to do so. We helped him practice driving and he passed all the exams.
He had been saving up to purchase a car but did not have sufficient funds to buy one. Miraculously, just as Rich passed all the DMV tests, we received a car donation! We knew this car was for him. Rich had invested the money he saved up to fix up the car, it needed minor repairs and maintenance. The car runs perfectly and is big enough for him to rest in it so he can go to work with more energy every day. He is overjoyed that he is able to have a vehicle of his own, and to utilize it toward the next step of his journey - housing!
We met Christina through a referral from a local school district. She is a single mom taking care of her a high school aged child, and the vehicle she uses to support them was in serious need of repair.
This unfortunate circumstance alone is many times enough to have a lot of our neighbors in a horrible position and a downward spiral toward homelessness.
The repair costs were significant, but in partnership with CityServe we were able to ensure that this family vehicle is fixed and Christina was able to go back to work!
We consider this miracle a homelessness prevention, where we are able to provide a bridge for our neighbors back into self-sustainability. Christina is so grateful to be supported by her community in such a meaningful way.
Thank you for being our partners in serving our community!!
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