From Homeless to Hopeful – Sakina’s Story of Hope

When Sakina called M.E.R.C.Y. Communities she had nowhere else to turn and little hope for the future. Sakina and her three children were fleeing from domestic violence and she had few of the life and job skills needed to support her three children on her own.

To complicate matters, Sakina was now struggling with mental health issues and one of her children had been diagnosed with a heart condition.

At a time when life seemed to be collapsing around her, she found M.E.R.C.Y. Communities. M.E.R.C.Y. Communities’ staff quickly began helping her to back on her feet and placed Sakina in the organization’s Permanent Supportive Housing Program.

Program staff set up a service plan and budget, and over the following months worked with Sakina to find housing, appropriate childcare, and to find a job at a local coffee bar. The organization provided life skills classes, which included budgeting to help Sakina learn the skills she needed to move towards financial independence.

Today, Sakina is thriving. She is working and also attending culinary arts and business management classes at Lincoln Land Community College. With each day, Sakina is moving closer to reaching her goal and dream of owning her own coffee shop.

M.E.R.C.Y. Communities’ Permanent Supportive Housing Program is just one of seven local financial stability programs your gift to United Way helps support.  Together, these programs provide education, skills and supports needed for every person to live a financially stable life.

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