Well, everyone, we have made it to December 2020, WOW. You all have done such an amazing job since being apart of the Transition in Place family, we have laughed together, cried together, supported one another, set goals together and watched our goals and dreams turn into a reality. Your acts of kindness, love, dedication, and hard work never goes unnoticed, we are working together for the betterment of you all and the community.
A Transitional Story: Ms. Cunningham
Ms. Cunningham is a proud veteran who served in the United States Marine Corps for 4 years. Her highest rank was E4 corporal. Ms. Cunningham served as an 0621, which is a Field Radio Operator. She was also the MIMMS clerks for my platoon, also known as the "Marine corps Integrated Maintenance Management System”. During her time in the Marines, Ms. Cunningham found that one of her favorite pastimes happened to be laughing and sharing experiences with her fellow Marines during their down time.
"Don't be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.” Roy T. Bennett
During this interview with Ms. Cunningham, we discovered that one of her favorite places that she was stationed during her tenure in the Marines, happened to be Camp Pendleton, in California.
Within the Transition in Place Program, its imperative that we set goals for ourselves and our clients, Ms. Cunningham was able to buckle down with the assistance of her case managers and get her goals accomplished, which was to gain and maintain fulltime employment, pay off a significant amount of debt and watch her credit score and most importantly she was able to move into her own place before Christmas.
“Generous, helpful, and important. These are the words I would have to use to describe the TIP Program. With all that has transpired in 2020, I remain steadfast, resilient, and blessed, this year was unpredictable, it took a lot of twist and turns, but through it all, I am grateful and blessed to have been here”.
A question was asked, “who or what motivated you while in the TIP Program”? Ms. Cunningham answered, “I found my motivation when I first joined the program, I wanted to get my own place as soon as possible and regain my independence”.
"It is never too late to be what you might have been." George Eliot
” For all of my fellow veterans locally and nationally, I would like to see a living community, similar to the barracks, where veterans can come and stay for a short time, to prevent them from being homeless. A safe haven where they can have companionship and camaraderie with other veterans so this transition out into veteran life could be a little easier for everyone.”
A special thank you to Ms. Cunningham for participating in our transitional newsletter, your transparency and cooperation is appreciated so very much.
As we wrap up 2020, we the Handup Community Resource Center Staff would lie to extend a warm and heartfelt Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Holidays and Happy New Years! Please to mindful that we are still amidst of the COVID-19 Pandemic, take all safety precautions, wear your masks, wash, and sanitize your hands often, practice social distancing, sanitize frequently used items with your home, and workspace.
Enjoy your holiday season!