Hope of the Grand Valley provides a hand up not a hand out, by fostering and encouraging independence for hardworking, low income families. *”Independence” includes not receiving public assistance. Receiving healthcare insurance/coverage, childcare assistance is allowed.
I got divorced in Jan 2016 and quickly found myself the sole provider for 4 children, one of who was still in college and myself.
I make decent money, but too much to qualify for any assistance. The cost of rent in this area is high, and I found myself barely surviving. I was in a vicious cycle of over drawing myself and beginning each month in the negative. I could never catch up, I was having anxiety and couldn’t sleep at night wondering how I was going to make it to pay day, and I was stressed about how I was going to feed my children.
Since beginning the budget classes in January I have become more aware of where my money is going, and while I am still struggling to get my budget up and running I feel that just by being aware I am making some great headway. For the month of April I DID NOT begin the month in the negative, in fact, my bills are paid and current and I still have money to make it the rest of the month. I don’t have anxiety about my bills being behind, I have one small credit card paid off, and I can sleep at night.
Thanks to Hope of the Grand Valley, I also have food in the cupboards and I am not stressed about feeding my family.
This organization has already been invaluable to my family and myself in just a few short months and I am so thankful to have found them. THANK YOU!
Coming back to Grand Junction was wonderful but unfortunately the job market had not been as kind to me as I would hope. I struggled for several years working 2 jobs to make ends meet, then my son was diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum and I started working for myself to be able to meet the therapy schedules and have time for therapists which put us a little further in the hole.
As my son started improving I was able to get a job with some benefits (and horrible pay) and then cleaned houses on weekends and did other odd jobs in the evenings to get caught up.
On March 30, 2016 I had a small stroke and ended up in the hospital for a few days, thankfully the damage was minimal but my stamina and speed slowed down so I retained my full time job and dropped some of the side jobs.
In November I was referred to HOPE by a friend from church and we had the best Christmas we had ever enjoyed since being in Grand Junction.
The moms I have met and the support has been outstanding. I am learning so many things and have caught up on most of my bills with the budgeting skills and learning that other moms have some of the same struggles I do is so comforting. I am trying to overcome my insecurities and believe that I am good enough and only have positive influences in my life.
Being a single mom is tough, being an abuse survivor is tough, feeling like you are good enough is tough, but HOPE is helping me be tough enough and be proud of what I can accomplish!
Struggle, I know it well, better than I care to admit. I have always been one to fix things on my own, and in trying to do so, I have realized in a big way that I can’t always do so. To go one step further, it isn't even for me to always make things right on my own. If that were to be the case, how would others have a sense of being useful and help? How would I know what being grateful truly is? I have been married twice and am twice divorced. Such is life. However, debts that I could have taken care of then stayed with me as a single parent with one income. Feeling as though I was drowning was the norm for me. I learned how to budget to the penny but it still felt like treading water. I am teaching my children to be wise financially and make good sound decisions. My underlying focus was always to provide for them the best that I could. I would make strides and then I would fall back and work to undo the "crisis spending". Then my eldest daughter was placed in hospice due to a rare form of cancer that was taking over. She lived in Pennsylvania and I was scrounging to have the means to get us all there. Hope of the Grand Valley was there with so much comfort and support and became family. They provided me with food to feed my children and was able to take care of them through the stress and loss over the holidays. I found strength and hope through a time where I wondered if I had any left. I have gone to budgeting classes and now have a great start to saving and paying down debts. This year (2017) I have been able to volunteer for HOPE of the Grand Valley and plan to do so when there is an opportunity. I also plan this year to adopt a family for Christmas since I am in a better place to do so, instead of receiving, for which my family and I are incredibly humbled and grateful. I am moving forward and I have hope because I had HOPE of the Grand Valley to bolster me when I felt that I could tread water any further. Now I can thrive instead of survive. My life is richer and we will continue to give back where we see opportunity. Thank you Hope of the Grand Valley. Thank you God. .