My dear Pantry Mission volunteers, we are in the midst of one of the hottest summers on record and your efforts are doubly appreciated. Thank you for all your hard work as we continue to do our part with Settled Souls and Jericho Way to give our previously unsheltered neighbors a new beginning.
On May 3, Settled Souls housed Chuck and Pax Christi provided staples, canned and fresh foods as an initial pantry set-up. Chuck is a 55- year-old gentleman who was born and raised in Stuttgart. Ho worked as an over -the-road truck driver from the age of 18. He has two adult children. After his youngest child left home, he sold him house and began driving a dump truck. At that time, he was living in motels. In 2020, Chuck was hit by a car and unable to work. He spent some time at the Compassion Center and Our House. However, he had to leave Our House as he remained unable to work. He was then living on the streets until he began receiving his disability assistance. Chuck has now rented an apartment and is very thankful for the help he has received in moving into his new home.
Kimberly moved into her new home on May 13. She was diagnosed thirteen years ago with bone cancer, necessitating surgery to remove her right leg below the knee. In March, 2021, her home burned down and she lost almost all of her belongings. Fortunately, the owner of some apartments let her work on fixing up one of the units as a deposit and she was able to move in. Her mother recently visited her to help her with decorating. She is happy to be living in a quiet neighborhood and thankful for the help in acquiring some of the home goods she was missing.
On May 19, Settled Souls and Pax Christi helped settle in Dennis. Jan Pipkin provided the food box. Dennis said that it had been many years since he had a place of his own. He most recently lived with his mom for 10 years until she had to go into a nursing home with dementia. This led to Dennis becoming homeless. He is very excited to have his own place and he was grateful for the help to make it feel more like a home.
On June 3, Settled Souls and Pax Christi helped settle in Roderick. Fifteen years ago, Roderick was injured on the job and began receiving disability. After his injury, he moved to Atlanta to be close to his mother. After his mother passed, Roderick lived by himself until he was evicted. He then lived in a tent for four months until he moved back to Little Rock to live with his aunt. Roderick received an apartment through North Little Rock housing. He worked for the school district in Los Angeles for 25 years before the accident. He was very grateful for making his new place feel more like a home. Thank you to Mary Dandurand and Lee Bass for bringing the food!
On June 7, Mike B’s Settled Soul team helped settle in Keith. While Keith worked many years in the roofing business, he became disabled and for the past few years has been homeless. With help from Jericho Way, he secured housing and is grateful to be in a more comfortable/welcoming place. Many thanks to Mary Dandurand and Jan Pipkin for supplying the food pantry.
On June 14, Mike B’s team helped settle in Gabrielle. Gabrielle has two sons and recently got a housing voucher to help get her back on her feet. She has a challenging road ahead, but having housing is a positive first step to becoming more stable. Gabrielle is working on getting her children into daycare and taking first steps to getting a job. Thanks to Mary Hunt and Lee Bass for taking the Pax Christi food pantry.
Beginning June 15, Settled Souls will take a well deserved break until the first of July. This gives us a moment to look back over the progress of this year. During the first half of 2022, Settled Souls and Pax Christ Pantry Mission completed 25 moves. Our goal is to help folks feel more settled and comfortable in their new homes. You are a part of such an important mission. God bless you all.