Stacey Greaves, a single mother of 5 children ages 4 to 16, recently completed the phlebotomy certification program at Montgomery County Community College’s Blue Bell campus through the KEYS (Keystone Education Yields Success) program sponsored by the PA Department of Human Services. She is a full time student working toward her associate’s degree with the goal of entering the nursing field.
Stacey unfortunately lost her apartment, attempted to stay with her mother but she was unable to house young tenants in her home so the family entered the Salvation Army shelter in Norristown. The family stayed in the shelter for more than 4 months. Stacey worked with the Housing Locator to find a home that would potentially be affordable for her large family. A three-bedroom apartment was secured and the family moved in mid-October. She is currently receiving cash assistance and food stamps and she is hoping to get a work-study job on campus this semester. She regularly checks in with the Housing Stability Coach, updating her on the family.
"Without Your Way Home, I don't know how I would have been able to move my family into our own place,” Ms. Greaves said. “Also, I laugh because I do not feel like a success story in anyway. A success story is when someone is off the program and has successfully stayed in their own place for some time. That's when the real test comes into play.”