It had been a difficult fall for Nicholas and Tabitha, to say the least. Tabitha had developed some major health issues and was unable to work. And just like that, half their income disappeared. Nicholas worked as a cook at a local restaurant, and although it was a good job, his wages didn’t cover all their household bills and the steady stream of medical bills that had begun to arrive. Each day they were falling further and further behind. When they arrived at CAAGKC they were already three months behind on their rent and about to lose their utilities.
Pride made it hard for Nicholas and Tabitha to ask for help. It was nothing they wanted to do. They had always made ends meet on their own and had never had to ask for help from anyone. But after a few months they knew if they didn’t speak up soon and find some help, they would surely become homeless. For them, bit of wounded pride was an easier pill to swallow than living on the streets.
That is how Nicholas and Tabitha came to the doors of CAAGKC, with wounded pride. After a quick evaluation of their needs, they were accepted into the case management program. Their case manager was able to help them catch up on their utility bills and get back on track with their landlord. And as Tabitha’s medical crisis subsided, the couple was able to start putting a little money away each month and still pay down some of their old debit. Within six months of being in the program, Tabitha started classes to become a Veterinarian. To supplement her education and the couple’s income, she started working at a local animal hospital.
After just ten months in the program, Nicholas and Tabitha were able to get caught up on all their bills and amass a healthy amount of savings. In less than a year, this family went from near homelessness to being able to take a sun-filled Florida vacation, paid for in full with the money they saved.
Nicholas and Tabitha had to swallow their pride and ask for help, and it wasn’t easy. But now they can take pride in all they have accomplished, how far they have come. And we know Nicholas and Tabitha are going to be able to maintain their household and remain self-sufficient for years to come … and that’s something to be proud of.