The Acosta’s were faced with an unexpected housing crisis not long after moving to Lancaster from Washington State. That is when they immediately contacted TLC and Tabor’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program for help. The family had planned to stay temporarily with a family member, but unexpectedly, because of their large family size, they were only permitted to stay for 2 weeks. Next, the Acosta’s were surprised to learn just how hard finding an affordable home large enough to accommodate 8 people could be. Through their participation in the SSVF program, the Acostas benefited from a number of helpful supportive services including landlord advocacy, budget counseling and referrals to local community resources. Through it all, their determination, hard work and commitment allowed them to quickly reach their housing and self-sufficiency goals!
Recently, as I usually do once our services are no longer needed, I scheduled a final meeting to check in with the Acosta family before closing their case…but this time I was greeted with a really big surprise of my own. The whole family was there to greet me and instead of the 30 minute follow-up meeting I expected, it turned into a pizza party lunch, with pretzels and even a sweet chocolate cake (my favorite, and they knew it!!) I was also handed a bouquet of flowers and a beautiful homemade card made by the children and signed by the whole family. It said, “Thank you for your kindness, thank you for your love, thank you for your gifts of joy over and above.” It was a very sweet way to end a final meeting… I will never forget.