Finding Grace in the Midst of a Pandemic
You provided a way for Tyrone to survive
“I just want to say thank you so very much. You’ve helped me out tremendously”
When Tyrone first heard about the Ways to Work program he was just getting back on his feet coming through an addiction recovery program and getting the help he needed to pursue a better future. Although he still had some work to do, he set his sights on qualifying for a loan to purchase his own vehicle.
Two years into a three year loan, the coronavirus pandemic hit and greatly impacted his job leaving him with only a fraction of his income.
Tyrone had a steady job as a cook in a well established neighborhood restaurant – but the restaurant industry has been one of the hardest hit during the pandemic and his hours have been significantly cut back. As his paycheck decreased, he had a hard time covering his monthly expenses; including his rent payment, leading to an eviction notice.
Then his HumanKind coach reached out and offered a lifeline. Because of you and your support, over the next few weeks Tyrone had the resources he needed to bridge the gap. He had a coach to walk with him through this crisis – not only to offer emotional support, but also to pause and evaluate what the next steps needed to be.
“I just want to give thanks to you – you have been very kind, you have been very generous and I appreciate your generosity.”
Tyrone did not initially realize that he could receive unemployment benefits for reduced hours. Working with his coach, he applied to supplement his lost income. Together they even tracked down his stimulus check that had been mailed to a former address.
Because of you and your generosity, Tyrone received a gas card, groceries and a bag of toiletries and household supplies to stretch his rations while his work had been reduced. Your emergency gifts provided bill payment assistance for his electricity and car insurance which allowed him to pay his rent and his car loan. He hasn’t missed a payment in two years, he didn’t want to start now.
As we all anxiously await a return to normal life, even if it’s not quite the same as before the pandemic, we are learning to lean on each other, share when we need help, and make sure we stop to help a neighbor in need.
Here directly from Tyrone sharing his gratitude with you:
You were the difference in Tyrone’s life. Without you, he might not have weathered this crisis. Thank you for being a light in the middle of this dark time. Right now there are people, who much like Tyrone, need someone to walk with him through this crisis. Because of you and your support, help and resources are ready and waiting for a neighbor in need.
Learn more about the Ways to Work program at HumanKind by visiting here.