Leisa had moved to Austin with high hopes. She was looking for a new beginning for herself and her three children; kids she’d adopted a few years earlier when their mom — Leisa’s sister — passed away. But Leisa’s plans fell through.
“I had something lined up, but it didn’t work out.”
Faster than she ever could have imagined, Leisa became homeless.
When she came to The Salvation Army’s Downtown Shelter, Leisa was intent on finding a home and stability for her family, as quickly as she could. Leisa’s caseworker at the shelter saw how committed she was, and referred her to The Salvation Army’s Rapid Rehousing Program.
Your generous support empowers this program to provide motivated people with the help they need to quickly move out of homelessness and into permanent housing. The Salvation Army helped Leisa find an apartment, and provided assistance with the first month’s rent. Partnering with another local agency, The Salvation Army also furnished the new apartment. Leisa paid for everything else, including her move.
“I had a job already, and The Salvation Army had everything they needed from me. I was only in the shelter for about a month.”
After her move, Leisa received some additional help with her budget, a car repair, and other issues. And later that same year, The Salvation Army made it a special Christmas for Leisa and her kids. The family participated in the Angel Tree program, receiving gifts, clothes, and gift cards.
“I put on my big girl drawers, and I did what I had to do. I just needed that boost.