Success for Frederick Families: Advocates for Homeless Families
Advocates for Homeless Families celebrates 28 years of providing transitional housing and intense programs to more than 2,500 homeless adults and their children. Following are some great success stories:
“When they come into our program,” Ken Allread, Executive Director of Advocates, “many of them are down and out. You cannot describe the change when they move into their own homes. In 2016, we are housing up to 20 families with nine children in 14 single-unit, scattered site housing throughout Frederick. We represent the next step away from emergency shelter,” Allread says. “So far this year, eight families (8 adults and 21 children) have graduated from the program into permanent housing. Two more moves are pending. We could not be more proud of them.”
Mandie, a single mother of two young girls, entered Advocates program in May 2010. This is a case where a young woman “was determined to succeed,” Allread said. Her plan included working at a local deli while going to school. Last year she earned an AA degree in Human Services from Frederick Community College.
She did not stop there. “We have another program, ‘Families Forward,’” said Allread. This program is designed to work with families, who are on the edge of homelessness, but live independently. Mandie succeeded: She has purchased a home through the USDA Home Ownership Program, works full-time for the State of Maryland and serves on the Advocates’ Board of Directors. She accomplished this within six years.
Tamar, another young mother with two daughters, moved into her own home last December. She purchased the home through the HOPE VI Housing Authority of Frederick. She entered Advocates in 2012 and began working full time for a local financial institution while studying accounting at Frederick Community College. Tamar moved into public housing in 2013 and has been promoted to the position of loan officer at the company where she works.
But, there is more. She has continued her studies to earn a degree in accounting to guarantee security for her daughters.
Todd and Kelly were accepted into Advocates program in January 2012. They had been sharing a small space in the home of a family member. They both went to school at Frederick Community College. Kelly earned an AA degree in Surgical Technology and Todd earned his HVAC certification.
Their next step forward was to commit to a savings plan to improve their credit rating. Both are now employed full time. Kelly works for a medical institution and Todd works for a local contractor, Kelly is working towards her BA in Healthcare Management at Walden University. They will shortly buy a new home through Habitat for Humanity.
Advocates for Homeless Families has a proven 95% success rate in moving families out of homelessness into homes of their own. “It is important for people to understand that homeless families need to earn enough money to pay their bills every month” said Mr. Allread. “It is vitally important for them to gain new skills that will give them entry to better jobs.”
Advocates provides these services while limiting their administrative expenses to 7%. “When donors realize that 93% of our funds go directly to the clients, they are impressed.”
Learn more about Advocates for Homeless Families at their website.
Join in the fun at the upcoming fundraiser event: Benefit Concert and BBQ
Sunday, August 28, 2016, 2:00-4:30PM,
located at Christ Reformed UCC Church,
12 South Church Street in Middletown, Maryland
This Benefit Concert and BBQ will feature The KNIGHT BROTHERS to raise funds and awareness for ADVOCATES FOR HOMELESS FAMILIES and the MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION. Opening for the KNIGHT BROTHERS will be ANTE UP, with Pat & Mark Joy and Dale Hooper. Cost is $10.00 per ticket which includes the concert and pulled pork BBQ, cole slaw, potato salad, baked beans, (mac n cheese for the kids), as well as various baked goods. To purchase tickets in advance, contact: Pat Joy @ 301-694-0872.