Finding A Path

[fusion_text]Toben and Sadi found themselves homeless when they were evicted from their Wheaton apartment. Well-educated technology specialists, the couple ran out of money when their contract work dried up. They put their possessions in storage. A friend let them sleep on his apartment floor, but they were expected to leave every morning for the day. Toben and Sadi quickly learned just how difficult it is to put your life back together when you are sleeping on someone else’s floor.

Does this really happen in our community? Yes. Neighbors, friends and family face unforeseen challenges and loss.

At the Interfaith Works (IW) Empowerment Center in Silver Spring, Toben and Sadi found some respite. They could shower, do laundry and keep warm during cold winter days. While there, they connected with IW’s Vocational Services program. IW staff and volunteers helped them refine their resumes in our computer lab and practice their interviewing skills. Sadi “shopped” for new interview clothes at the IW Clothing Center and found an outfit she said boosted her confidence for the interview. Sadi got the job.

Today, Toben and Sadi are employed and are no longer homeless. Everything is not perfect in their lives. But they are together, they are safe, and they have a stable home, thanks to the Interfaith Works programs that you make possible through your generous giving.

Every day, IW programs provide services that prevent, stabilize and empower. Together, we prevent low-income households from slipping further into poverty by providing referrals for emergency services and distributing free clothing and household goods. Together, we help people experiencing homelessness find stability by providing shelter, food and care coordination. Together, we help people achieve empowerment by providing access to mentoring, vocational services, English-as-a-second-language classes and financial literacy training.

IW is committed to helping more than 16,000 people a year move beyond day-to-day survival to living safe, stable lives, but we can’t do it without you. Can you help? Please support Interfaith Works. You will be helping more people like Toben and Sadi get back on their feet.[/fusion_text][fullwidth background_color=”” background_image=”” background_parallax=”none” enable_mobile=”no” parallax_speed=”0.3″ background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” video_url=”” video_aspect_ratio=”16:9″ video_webm=”” video_mp4=”” video_ogv=”” video_preview_image=”” overlay_color=”” overlay_opacity=”0.5″ video_mute=”yes” video_loop=”yes” fade=”no” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding_top=”20″ padding_bottom=”20″ padding_left=”” padding_right=”” hundred_percent=”no” equal_height_columns=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” menu_anchor=”” class=”” id=””][button link=”” color=”custom” size=”xlarge” stretch=”” type=”” shape=”” target=”_self” title=”” gradient_colors=”#de6100|#de6100″ gradient_hover_colors=”|” accent_color=”” accent_hover_color=”” bevel_color=”” border_width=”” icon=”” icon_position=”left” icon_divider=”no” modal=”” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”left” animation_speed=”1″ animation_offset=”” alignment=”center” class=”” id=””]DONATE[/button][/fullwidth]

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