We received over the last two months 46 donations and over 16 deliveries of assorted tangible items. The basic needs items have been delivered to various nonprofits in the area to help struggling families, and the donations will go toward supporting our area social agencies as well as funding the demand for housing and rental assistance.
BELOW IS A HEART-WARMING THANK YOU FROM ONE OF THE YOUNG LADIES WE SUPPORTED RECENTLY. SHE WAS LIVING IN HER CAR AFTER BEING KICKED OUT OF HER APARTMENT WHEN SHE LOST HER JOBS. AND THEN HER CAR BROKE DOWN. PUTTING HER IN A VERY DANGEROUS. CAHT PROVIDED A SAFE, SHORT-TERM PLACE FOR HER AS WELL AS GIFT CARDS FOR GAS AND FOOD. WE ALSO ASSISTED HER WITH FINDING LEGAL ADVICE AS WELL AS TRAUMA COUNSELING AT THE CRISIS CENTER OF TAMPA BAY, AND WE PROVIDED EMPLOYMENT SUGGESTIONS.
My name is Jaeda. It gives me great joy to be able to write you this email. The past month has been one of the most struggling times of my life due to the pandemic going on. I was working 3 jobs. Denny’s, Ihop and Steak n’ Shake. I went from working almost everyday to not having a single job within a week. Two of my jobs, Ihop & Denny’s , closed days apart. Steak n’ shake on the other hand just cut my hours for a few days and then laid me off. With this sudden drop of income I wasn’t able to stay afloat with all my bills and caring for my puppy. When everything hit at once, had no choice but sleep in my car. Which I won’t lie, wasn’t as bad as it seems but I knew it was unfair for my puppy if nothing else.
I started doordashing, driving instacart for publix and uber eats. There seemed to be a way out but one day I went to the gas station, in a hurry I pulled over the curb parking and when I reversed, I messed up my radiator.
I slept outside of the gas station for one night and then the next morning i filled my radiator all the way up with water and drove to a park 2 mins away thinking i could sleep there but daily cops would come up and tell me I couldn’t because of the stay home affect that was in place.
I reached out to pace center for girls because I had nowhere else to go but I knew of all people they would have my back and be my support system. Pace provided me with 2 hotel nights and little did I know, I would be connected with your organization, CAHT. I can be nothing but grateful for the support and things you have done for me. Ms.Annie is an angel so is Robbie!. She has supported me every step of the way in anyway that she could. From purchasing multiple nights for my hotel stay and gift cards for gas and food. Robbie brought me gift cards so I could eat.
She has also been a listening ear, giving me advice to make a plan of action to get my life back on the right track. I haven’t met many people in my life that have been as caring, warm-hearted and joyful as Ms. Annie has during this journey with me.
I am forever grateful for your support as I have gained so much from this and I wanted to say, from the bottom of my heart, Thank you! Your organization and every single person that helps it function! I appreciate you and I hope that one day I am able to thank each and everyone one of you in person and pay it forward.
My next move is to visit my grandmother in Orlando, Fl and then head to paternal grandmother in Atlanta,Ga for a fresh start. Wish you the best as you keep the world turning.
PACE CENTER FOR GIRLS GRADUATE