These past couple of years have been difficult for Ms. Shelton and her children. She began struggling when rent prices increased and she could not renew her lease. She and her two children had to look for a new place to live because the only place she could stay was with a relative who lived two hours away.
She heard about Chicanos Por La Causa through her children’s school and began working with a Mighty Families Community Resource Navigator who connected her to resources in the community, which allowed her to find her own apartment and keep her children in the same school district.
“I appreciate my case manager for always being transparent, positive, and thorough with any help or leads for assistance. When I was really stressed and going through a rough time, he always expressed his concern and understanding. I never felt judged, I always felt like he would do his best to lead to whatever relevant resource and individuals I could utilize.
“He has a good heart, and he comes from a place of compassion. Often, when you deal with government and nonprofit organizations, they forget that you, too, are human, and the way you are treated can be dehumanizing, condescending, and lacking compassion and respect. Thank you for everything I appreciate you for what you have done for me and my family.”
The Siemer Institute helps fund Chicanos Por La Causa, which is a service provider of Valley of the Sun United Way.