Henry came to New Digs as a referral from the American Red Cross after losing his home to the flood waters of Hurricane Irene. Somehow he fell through the cracks and didn’t get assistance from the government. He was a friendly, yet quiet man, who stated that he’d never taken charity before in his life. After a long search, he was able to find a house he could afford, and he was extremely grateful to get enough furniture to make his house a home. When he was handed a gift bag of everyday supplies and some toiletries, the tears ran down his face.
Henry is one of many people who are displaced by extreme weather or home fires and are referred to us by the American Red Cross.
Many “everyday” people come to New Digs through referral of their pastors. These people may have lost jobs or are experiencing serious health issues and, consequently, have fallen on economic hard times.
The Consumer Bankruptcy Project is the largest study ever conducted about families that have failed financially. According to the study, the people who consistently rank in the worst financial trouble are united by one surprising characteristic – they are parents with children at home. In 2013 we served many families, specifically 1,100 were children. In the last 20 years, the number of women alone filing bankruptcy petitions has increased
662%. Some of our clients are single women leaving abusive situations who are trying to keep their families together.
People fall into financial distress for many reasons. These include loss of employment, divorce, domestic abuse, aging on fixed incomes, returning veterans, disasters, long-term illness and mental health challenges. Nationally, veterans comprise less than 8% of the general population and 20% of the homeless population. We work very closely with case workers from the Lebanon VA to serve area veterans.
God has blessed us with the opportunity to serve the many “Henrys” and “Henriettas” in the region who are striving to build new, refreshed lives for themselves and their families.
We invite you to join us in serving them, too.