It is hard to imagine the realities that some individuals face every day. There isn't a reason for why they are experiencing the hardships and difficulties in their lives, but they persevere. Their spirit, will, determination, and hope is inspiring. Sabrina’s journey has been a difficult one, but she moves forward.
Sabrina and her two daughters, along with her husband and step-daughter, were living in an apartment. After a period of time, her family split up. Sabrina’s three-year-old daughter has special needs and is terminally ill with heart failure. With a lack of income and overwhelming medical bills from her daughter's hospitalizations, she lost her housing.
She and her daughters briefly lived with her brother and then went to a shelter in Lancaster. Unfortunately, she soon learned that due to her daughter's medical issues, her family was unable to continue staying there. They also informed her that if she didn’t find another place to live soon Children and Youth Services would be contacted and her daughters may be placed in a foster home.
Sabrina wanted to do everything that she could to support and protect her daughters, and because of her daughter’s complicated medical needs, the family was referred to TLC for a new Crisis Housing program that started in December 2018. That program provides Emergency Shelter-type services that allow families or individuals with difficult but manageable medical issues to reside at TLC until suitable housing arrangements can be secured. The program is a collaboration of Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health’s Care Connections program, the office of the Lancaster Coalition to End Homelessness, and TLC. It also provides rapid re-housing-type services to help secure permanent housing and ongoing stability case management support for its participants after they leave TLC.
Doug Hopwood, division manager at TLC, contacted her for an interview, and within a week she and her daughters moved to TLC and celebrated Christmas there. The only thing that she wanted for Christmas was a safe place for her daughters to live, and that Christmas wish became a reality at TLC. Though only wanting shelter, Sabrina and family were overwhelmed with the generosity of TLC donors and the gifts her family received over the holiday.
Sabrina’s TLC case manager has been supportive in providing her with the knowledge and resources that are available to assist her on her path toward self-sufficiency. She recently looked at an apartment, and she hopes to move there in the next few weeks.
Sabrina came to TLC when other shelters and services weren’t able to meet her needs. Reflecting on her experience at TLC, Sabrina recounts, “Your family is not split up, and they really care at TLC.” Knowing that TLC was able to support her has brought peace and hope into her life.
Sabrina describes TLC as “excellent, caring, and supportive. There’s always someone to help you. If you’re willing to help yourself, the staff is eager to help and give you the tools to succeed.”
As Sabrina continues on, her hope is inspiring, her love for her daughters is unending, and her determination is unwavering. TLC is thankful for the opportunity to help Sabrina and her family, and the many other families and individuals, as they successfully move forward in their lives.