Client Stories

veternsMeet Donald*, a retired disabled veteran.  He is a warm, irresistibly funny gentleman. He suffers from multiple chronic illnesses that require numerous medications that leave his immune system depleted and receptive to even the mildest infections. To maintain his health, he has severe dietary restrictions including a low-sugar, low-sodium diet with plenty of fresh produce. That’s where PROP food shelf, our community partners and you come in!

Your donations – from homegrown tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers to basic essentials like soups, rice and oatmeal, helps build a food shelf that truly serves the needs of its clients.
Each and every day, people like Donald come to PROP and are delighted with the abundance of foods to choose from.  You help PROP food shelf be a real life saver for people like Donald.
“PROP helps me eat healthy and when I do that, I focus on my well-being much better,” Donald says.
 

carolMeet Carol* – a successful, college educated, mom of three young kids.  She worked full-time overseeing a large and growing staff and her husband worked nights so he could be available to watch the kids during the day.  Each day was exhausting and stressful.  For Carol, she thought that “managing it – stress and all”, was just the price you had to pay to live the American Dream.

But the stress did take its toll.  Not only was she the major bread winner and primary caregiver for her young children, but a change in management at her company strained her further.  Her daily duties now revolved around employee conflict resolution.  In short, now her days left her emotionally and physically spent – her tank had run dry.  Then one day, she just broke down.  It was like something just snapped and she felt overwhelmed and anxious….in her words, she felt frozen.

Carol went on administrative leave and sought the help of a therapist.  The diagnosis surprised Carol, it was determined that she was suffering from a form of mental illness.  All of a sudden, she went from being able-bodied to disable-bodied in one fell swoop.   Her life continued to spiral downward:  she lost her job, she depleted her retirement assets while trying to maintain a normal life while unemployed; and while she continued seeing a therapist she often found herself feeling out-of-control, depressed, angry and overwhelmed.  After an emotionally draining night bickering with her family, she realized if she couldn’t take care of herself – financially, physically, mentally or emotionally – how could she take care of her family?

Feeling alone, isolated and without much support, Carol turned to PROP looking for “a hand up, not a hand out.” She found that and then some.  PROP offered her family healthy and nutritious foods, energy assistance and financial mentoring.  For her kids, they received back to school supplies, holiday gifts and youth scholarships.  PROP also provided additional resource connections that Carol needed to be able to provide a stable life for her family.

Today, with PROP’s  help, Carol is coping well with her illness and her family life has stabilized.

“PROP is making a difference on a daily basis in the lives of those people in our community most in need of support and assistance.  I’m still concerned and fearful of the future, but I leave PROP each day hopeful and happy.”

 

tylerTyler* is an industrious, bright young man, who just being out of his teenage years found himself in the position of being the only person in his household working. This caused quite a lot of tension between himself and his mom. Tyler realized that if he was going to be able to fulfill his dreams of going back to school and making a better life for himself, he needed to find a place of his own.
After he spent months couch hopping, exhausting the kindness of his friends, Tyler found himself completely homeless and without the required money needed to get his own apartment. Going back to his family home wasn’t an option, so Tyler reached out to a concerned relative for help. Lucky for him, his relative knew that PROP had the services, resources and case management team that could help him.
After discussing Tyler’s need, the PROP team jumped into action – first getting Tyler a pre-made cinch bag full of supplies (water bottle, Cub grocery card, fast pass for the bus, snacks, and resource materials); then finding a bed for him to stay in for the night; and finally getting him set up to be able to use the food shelf.
Once his basic needs were met, he could focus on working and saving money for a place of his own.  One month later, that became a reality.
Tyler called to say he was homeless no more – he had found his very own apartment thanks to the help and support of PROP.

 

*Not real name or photo

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