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A couple came into the shelter, without employment and expecting a child in just a few months. After settling in, they received case management, employment services, nutrition services, and financial literacy. Through employment services, both husband and wife were given information on obtaining more lucrative employment opportunities. The wife received assistance getting her certified nurse assistant license transferred from another state. While waiting for her license, she found employment with Timewise making $10.50 an hour for 40 hours per week. This temporary position was quickly substituted for a position with Focused Care as a CNA, making $15.00 an hour for 40 hours per week. The husband is now looking into other opportunities for employment that he never thought possible. He will be working with GradCafe, intending to obtain an accounting degree. For now, he will continue working with Luby’s as a Certified Chef making $12.00 an hour for 30-40 hours per week.

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Archie Hill

Archie Hill and his family were residents at the Bay Area Homeless Services for nine months. The shelter proved to be a huge asset for the Hill family, as the shelter provided help with childcare and allowed their family to stay whole during this rebuilding phase in their life. Archie says that having his wife and children in the shelter with him truly affected him as they served as a motivating factor for him to pursue goals every single day. He credits the shelter with teaching life lessons that he will pass onto his children, as well as utilize them himself. The shelter encouraged and motivated him and his family to work hard in school and to educate themselves. The shelter also taught him about saving money and putting money aside for unforeseen financial trouble that might arise. Due to their goals being met, Archie has been able to find and keep employment as a warehouse fork lift operator and has had the pleasure of finding a place to live right next door to his mother. His entire family is doing well and would like to thank BAHS for all that they have done for his family.

Archie Hill

Archie Hill and his family were residents at the Bay Area Homeless Services for nine months. The shelter proved to be a huge asset for the Hill family, as the shelter provided help with childcare and allowed their family to stay whole during this rebuilding phase in their life. Archie says that having his wife and children in the shelter with him truly affected him as they served as a motivating factor for him to pursue goals every single day. He credits the shelter with teaching life lessons that he will pass onto his children, as well as utilize them himself. The shelter encouraged and motivated him and his family to work hard in school and to educate themselves. The shelter also taught him about saving money and putting money aside for unforeseen financial trouble that might arise. Due to their goals being met, Archie has been able to find and keep employment as a warehouse fork lift operator and has had the pleasure of finding a place to live right next door to his mother. His entire family is doing well and would like to thank BAHS for all that they have done for his family.

Ms. D

Ms. D was accepted into the shelter after she had been living with a family member in Houston but was asked to leave after an automobile accident. The wreck left her jobless because she drove for Uber. Ms. D found full-time employment with a local trucking company, where she earns $19.00 an hour, working 50 plus hours a week. With the company, she is training for a management position. While residing at the shelter, Ms. D saved enough money to pay a 2020 Toyota Corolla down payment plus $2,000 to move into an apartment. She has also moved into her apartment. Ms. D recovered from the accident, paid her toll fees of $1,800, and moved into a permanent residence in 141 days. "I am so blessed to have the help of all the ladies of BAHS. You greatly impacted me in getting to the next level in my life. I thank God for this place."

Ms. D

Ms. D was accepted into the shelter after she had been living with a family member in Houston but was asked to leave after an automobile accident. The wreck left her jobless because she drove for Uber. Ms. D found full-time employment with a local trucking company, where she earns $19.00 an hour, working 50 plus hours a week. With the company, she is training for a management position. While residing at the shelter, Ms. D saved enough money to pay a 2020 Toyota Corolla down payment plus $2,000 to move into an apartment. She has also moved into her apartment. Ms. D recovered from the accident, paid her toll fees of $1,800, and moved into a permanent residence in 141 days. "I am so blessed to have the help of all the ladies of BAHS. You greatly impacted me in getting to the next level in my life. I thank God for this place."

Ms. H. – Family Center

Ms. H. came to the shelter after being downsized and running out of money to afford her apartment. She came into shelter with her 15-year-old son and was followed by her 20-year-old son. Her eldest son soon left to join the military, while her younger son went to high school. Ms. H. was able to find employment with a trucking company that was locally operated. She received employment services, financial literacy training, transportation assistance and case management services. In case management she was assisted with referrals, budgeting assistance, and initial employment assistance. She has since been able to pay off dept owed to her last apartment and put over $1700 into her resident saving. She is currently looking for housing options. She stated that “she is so grateful to be able to have the support of BAHS.”

Ms. H. – Family Center

Ms. H. came to the shelter after being downsized and running out of money to afford her apartment. She came into shelter with her 15-year-old son and was followed by her 20-year-old son. Her eldest son soon left to join the military, while her younger son went to high school. Ms. H. was able to find employment with a trucking company that was locally operated. She received employment services, financial literacy training, transportation assistance and case management services. In case management she was assisted with referrals, budgeting assistance, and initial employment assistance. She has since been able to pay off dept owed to her last apartment and put over $1700 into her resident saving. She is currently looking for housing options. She stated that “she is so grateful to be able to have the support of BAHS.”

Mr. B. – Emergency Shelter

Mr. B. arrived at the shelter on February 9, 2023. Mr. B. had been released from prison and had no place to go, he lost everything. Once he came into the shelter, he was able to get help from the case management team, we assisted him with updating his resume and connecting with local staffing agencies. After going on many interviews Mr. B. was able to find full-time employment with a local eatery called Chicken Express. They hired him on May 25, 2023, as a team member. In this position, Mr. B. will be taking orders, preparing orders, and training to be a shift manager. Mr. B. works 40 hours a week; he is an hourly employee with an $11.00 an hour compensation. The agency also provided him with his uniform pants and transportation until he gets his first full paycheck.

Mr. B’s Quote: I am so thankful that you all helped me get my life back on track!

Mr. B. – Emergency Shelter

Mr. B. arrived at the shelter on February 9, 2023. Mr. B. had been released from prison and had no place to go, he lost everything. Once he came into the shelter, he was able to get help from the case management team, we assisted him with updating his resume and connecting with local staffing agencies. After going on many interviews Mr. B. was able to find full-time employment with a local eatery called Chicken Express. They hired him on May 25, 2023, as a team member. In this position, Mr. B. will be taking orders, preparing orders, and training to be a shift manager. Mr. B. works 40 hours a week; he is an hourly employee with an $11.00 an hour compensation. The agency also provided him with his uniform pants and transportation until he gets his first full paycheck.

Mr. B’s Quote: I am so thankful that you all helped me get my life back on track!

J Family

R and TJ came into the shelter with their 4 year old daughter on December 19, 2022. The family was living out of their vehicle when they were hit by an uninsured vehicle. Having only liability insurance on their vehicle left them in an even more dire situation. They came into shelter unemployed and with debt that was continuously mounting. While in shelter, both residents received case management that assisted them with information about their vehicle and options for their next steps. RJ was able to find employment with the local school district starting at $18,240.00 a year. At exit his salary had increased to $28,912.00. TJ plans to continue her education and is still looking for employment. While in shelter both R and TJ attended financial literacy and employment services classes. We were also able to assist them with childcare until they were able to have their daughter enrolled into Head Start classes. This family exited successfully into their own apartment finally able to successfully sustain their lifestyle, with a new vehicle, and all of our support.

J Family

R and TJ came into the shelter with their 4 year old daughter on December 19, 2022. The family was living out of their vehicle when they were hit by an uninsured vehicle. Having only liability insurance on their vehicle left them in an even more dire situation. They came into shelter unemployed and with debt that was continuously mounting. While in shelter, both residents received case management that assisted them with information about their vehicle and options for their next steps. RJ was able to find employment with the local school district starting at $18,240.00 a year. At exit his salary had increased to $28,912.00. TJ plans to continue her education and is still looking for employment. While in shelter both R and TJ attended financial literacy and employment services classes. We were also able to assist them with childcare until they were able to have their daughter enrolled into Head Start classes. This family exited successfully into their own apartment finally able to successfully sustain their lifestyle, with a new vehicle, and all of our support.

Ms. H D

H.D. is a single mother with a 2-year son who came to Bay Area Homeless Services in September after living in a hotel for a month. She had signed up for housing; however, the homeowners decided to back out at the last minute and refused to immediately return her housing deposit. This left the family homeless and penniless as it took some time before she was able to be refunded the deposit on the property. This also caused her to have to move all of her belongings into a storage unit. H.D. started her new job when she entered the shelter but had not had a paycheck yet. She had been hired as a teacher at a nearby elementary school where her yearly sign-on pay is $63,000 a year. We were able to help her with childcare for her son and transportation which allowed her to stay until she received her pay. After being at BAHS for 24 days she was able to save the funds that were needed to obtain their own place. It is with great joy that we report that she and her son were able to exit our facility and move into permanent, unsubsidized housing. H.D. Quote: “This place was here for me when I was in a bind!”

Ms. H D

H.D. is a single mother with a 2-year son who came to Bay Area Homeless Services in September after living in a hotel for a month. She had signed up for housing; however, the homeowners decided to back out at the last minute and refused to immediately return her housing deposit. This left the family homeless and penniless as it took some time before she was able to be refunded the deposit on the property. This also caused her to have to move all of her belongings into a storage unit. H.D. started her new job when she entered the shelter but had not had a paycheck yet. She had been hired as a teacher at a nearby elementary school where her yearly sign-on pay is $63,000 a year. We were able to help her with childcare for her son and transportation which allowed her to stay until she received her pay. After being at BAHS for 24 days she was able to save the funds that were needed to obtain their own place. It is with great joy that we report that she and her son were able to exit our facility and move into permanent, unsubsidized housing. H.D. Quote: “This place was here for me when I was in a bind!”

Mr. H

G H is a single man who came into our agency after suffering from homelessness and addiction on and off for years. He spent some time in jail and then left and went to a rehab facility. He wanted to get employed and get away from the lifestyle he had led up until now, but knew he needed some help. After he entered BAHS services he was able to attend employment services classes and have individualized case management to support him and his goals. He became a permanent full-time employee at RWS Crane & Rigging as a dispatcher making $17 an hour. SSince then, he has saved $1060.00 and plans on getting a vehicle then saving for his move out. He has done exceptionally well as he continues his sobriety, works with his parole officer, and continues to succeed.

Mr. H

G H is a single man who came into our agency after suffering from homelessness and addiction on and off for years. He spent some time in jail and then left and went to a rehab facility. He wanted to get employed and get away from the lifestyle he had led up until now, but knew he needed some help. After he entered BAHS services he was able to attend employment services classes and have individualized case management to support him and his goals. He became a permanent full-time employee at RWS Crane & Rigging as a dispatcher making $17 an hour. SSince then, he has saved $1060.00 and plans on getting a vehicle then saving for his move out. He has done exceptionally well as he continues his sobriety, works with his parole officer, and continues to succeed.

S Family

J & DS came into our shelter with their three children on July after losing their housing due to temporary medical conditions. JD had a stroke and needed to go through rehabilitation before he could reenter the workforce. JS had treatment for ligament pain in her back and leg and was unable to work as well. Due to their inability to work, they were unable to keep their apartment. They slept between hotels and their vehicle until they were able to find housing at BAHS.. JS had already found a job before coming into services as a Social Worker and DS found work locally at a moving company. We were able to assist J & DS with childcare, so they were able to work.

Unfortunately, before they could put anything into their savings there was an incident of domestic violence.. One party was incarcerated, and our case management team was able to assist the other party with getting transferred to a DV shelter that will better accommodate the family’s needs (we are not a domestic violence shelter with those specialized resources). The party we transferred to the DV shelter was still able to keep their employment and feels they can continue to be successful once they exit from the facility they are currently staying in.

S Family

J & DS came into our shelter with their three children on July after losing their housing due to temporary medical conditions. JD had a stroke and needed to go through rehabilitation before he could reenter the workforce. JS had treatment for ligament pain in her back and leg and was unable to work as well. Due to their inability to work, they were unable to keep their apartment. They slept between hotels and their vehicle until they were able to find housing at BAHS.. JS had already found a job before coming into services as a Social Worker and DS found work locally at a moving company. We were able to assist J & DS with childcare, so they were able to work.

Unfortunately, before they could put anything into their savings there was an incident of domestic violence.. One party was incarcerated, and our case management team was able to assist the other party with getting transferred to a DV shelter that will better accommodate the family’s needs (we are not a domestic violence shelter with those specialized resources). The party we transferred to the DV shelter was still able to keep their employment and feels they can continue to be successful once they exit from the facility they are currently staying in.

Ms. M H

M H came to Bay Area Homeless Services with her teenage son. She had become unemployed and in her search to find another employer fell behind on her rent and became homeless. After she entered shelter her adult son, H.H., lost his place in Job Corps and found himself in need of shelter as well. We allowed him to join her since there was space in her room. A few short months later he was able to join the military and recently graduated from boot camp. M.H. continued on to complete employment services, financial literacy, nutrition courses, and goal setting in case management. She became employed with a trucking company making $150 per day working full time. Due to her excellent relationship with her previous apartment administrators, she was able to pay off the back rent that she owed so it would not affect her credit. She was also able to purchase a vehicle and was still able to save over $2,200 while in our shelter.

M.H Quote: “Thank you for my stay here, and all the things you helped me with while we were here”

Ms. M H

M H came to Bay Area Homeless Services with her teenage son. She had become unemployed and in her search to find another employer fell behind on her rent and became homeless. After she entered shelter her adult son, H.H., lost his place in Job Corps and found himself in need of shelter as well. We allowed him to join her since there was space in her room. A few short months later he was able to join the military and recently graduated from boot camp. M.H. continued on to complete employment services, financial literacy, nutrition courses, and goal setting in case management. She became employed with a trucking company making $150 per day working full time. Due to her excellent relationship with her previous apartment administrators, she was able to pay off the back rent that she owed so it would not affect her credit. She was also able to purchase a vehicle and was still able to save over $2,200 while in our shelter.

M.H Quote: “Thank you for my stay here, and all the things you helped me with while we were here”

Ms. L M

L M came to Bay Area Homeless Services with her young adult son, after 4 months of struggling with homelessness. The apartment they lived in raised the rent and L also lost her job at the time. She initially went to different family members for a short time but was unable to stay due to her extended family having a fixed income and lease that would not allow additional family members. She found residence at a dingy hotel which was all she could afford on her meager pay. She was working for the school district and had opted to have her income adjusted so she would continue receiving checks through the summer months. When she was welcomed to BAHS she was out of money and out of time at the hotel. L received employment services case management, assistance with clothing, casework help with goal setting, and transportation assistance. She found new employment June 11th at a Senior Living Center as a dining service aide, which pays more than her previous job. Her son is continuing to attend employment services and look for employment. She plans to start her savings account so that she can pay initial deposits on an apartment for them, and continues to attend financial literacy and life skills classes.

Ms. L M

L M came to Bay Area Homeless Services with her young adult son, after 4 months of struggling with homelessness. The apartment they lived in raised the rent and L also lost her job at the time. She initially went to different family members for a short time but was unable to stay due to her extended family having a fixed income and lease that would not allow additional family members. She found residence at a dingy hotel which was all she could afford on her meager pay. She was working for the school district and had opted to have her income adjusted so she would continue receiving checks through the summer months. When she was welcomed to BAHS she was out of money and out of time at the hotel. L received employment services case management, assistance with clothing, casework help with goal setting, and transportation assistance. She found new employment June 11th at a Senior Living Center as a dining service aide, which pays more than her previous job. Her son is continuing to attend employment services and look for employment. She plans to start her savings account so that she can pay initial deposits on an apartment for them, and continues to attend financial literacy and life skills classes.

Mr. I Z

I Z arrived at the shelter after coming to Baytown hoping to find better employment. His plans took a turn for the worse when his SUV was stolen “with his whole life in it”. After losing everything he reached out to BAHS and was accepted into the shelter. Once he arrived, our case management team was able to refer Mr. Z to Love Network where they were able to help him obtain his driver’s license that was stolen. Our team also assisted him with updating his resume as well as connecting him with local staffing agencies. I Z was offered a full-time position as a Machine Operator with Reliant Nationwide Staffing. They hired him after residing in our shelter for only two weeks. His beginning rate of compensation will be an hourly rate of $20. In this position, Mr. Z will be operating and repairing cranes and forklifts.

Mr. Z’s Quote: This place is such a blessing to me!

Mr. I Z

I Z arrived at the shelter after coming to Baytown hoping to find better employment. His plans took a turn for the worse when his SUV was stolen “with his whole life in it”. After losing everything he reached out to BAHS and was accepted into the shelter. Once he arrived, our case management team was able to refer Mr. Z to Love Network where they were able to help him obtain his driver’s license that was stolen. Our team also assisted him with updating his resume as well as connecting him with local staffing agencies. I Z was offered a full-time position as a Machine Operator with Reliant Nationwide Staffing. They hired him after residing in our shelter for only two weeks. His beginning rate of compensation will be an hourly rate of $20. In this position, Mr. Z will be operating and repairing cranes and forklifts.

Mr. Z’s Quote: This place is such a blessing to me!

Mr. B

Mr. B. arrived at the shelter after having been released from prison. He had no place to go and he lost everything. Once he came into the shelter, he was able to get help from the case management team; we assisted him with updating his resume and connecting with local staffing agencies. After going on numerous interviews, Mr. B. was able to find full-time employment with a local eatery, Chicken Express. They hired him as a “team member”. In this position, Mr. B. will be taking orders, preparing orders, and training to be a shift manager. Mr. B. works 40 hours a week; he is an hourly employee with an $11.00 an hour compensation. Bay Area Homeless Services also provided him with his uniform pants and transportation until he got his first full paycheck.

Mr. B’s Quote: I am so thankful that you all helped me get my life back on track!

Mr. B

Mr. B. arrived at the shelter after having been released from prison. He had no place to go and he lost everything. Once he came into the shelter, he was able to get help from the case management team; we assisted him with updating his resume and connecting with local staffing agencies. After going on numerous interviews, Mr. B. was able to find full-time employment with a local eatery, Chicken Express. They hired him as a “team member”. In this position, Mr. B. will be taking orders, preparing orders, and training to be a shift manager. Mr. B. works 40 hours a week; he is an hourly employee with an $11.00 an hour compensation. Bay Area Homeless Services also provided him with his uniform pants and transportation until he got his first full paycheck.

Mr. B’s Quote: I am so thankful that you all helped me get my life back on track!

Ms. V B

V B moved here from Louisiana with her 12 year old son due to a domestic violence incident. Her abuser was in jail and she was safe, but not stable. She had been in Houston for over a month working with Door Dash and Walmart pick up service for income. She was unable to save anything due to paying for hotels and going place to place. After being accepted in BAHS, staying in our family center, she related that she had an adult daughter still in Louisiana in the hospital with a brain tumor. She learned that her daughter was cleared for medical release and we were able to work with her on relocating her daughter to BAHS with her. She was working on getting her housing voucher transferred from Louisiana when she left to pursue a permanent housing option on her own.

Ms. V B

V B moved here from Louisiana with her 12 year old son due to a domestic violence incident. Her abuser was in jail and she was safe, but not stable. She had been in Houston for over a month working with Door Dash and Walmart pick up service for income. She was unable to save anything due to paying for hotels and going place to place. After being accepted in BAHS, staying in our family center, she related that she had an adult daughter still in Louisiana in the hospital with a brain tumor. She learned that her daughter was cleared for medical release and we were able to work with her on relocating her daughter to BAHS with her. She was working on getting her housing voucher transferred from Louisiana when she left to pursue a permanent housing option on her own.

Mr. C R

C R is a young man who came to BAHS from Houston. He originally came to Houston seeking a better life and ended up at a shelter for youth. He had just started working when he aged out of the youth shelter he was staying in. He stayed on the streets for about a month and a half before being accepted into BAHS to reside in our Men’s emergency shelter dorm. Since being here, he has received individualized case management to assist him with gaining employment, transportation assistance, and financial literacy. He also has attended weekly employment service classes. He has able to gain employment at Whataburger. While he is still a resident, he is planning to start his saving account so that he can save for initial housing deposits and a successful exit to permanent housing.

Mr. C R

C R is a young man who came to BAHS from Houston. He originally came to Houston seeking a better life and ended up at a shelter for youth. He had just started working when he aged out of the youth shelter he was staying in. He stayed on the streets for about a month and a half before being accepted into BAHS to reside in our Men’s emergency shelter dorm. Since being here, he has received individualized case management to assist him with gaining employment, transportation assistance, and financial literacy. He also has attended weekly employment service classes. He has able to gain employment at Whataburger. While he is still a resident, he is planning to start his saving account so that he can save for initial housing deposits and a successful exit to permanent housing.

Mr. H

Mr. H was accepted at BAHS after moving back to Texas from New Jersey. Mr. H’s relationship with his wife had deteriorated and she informed him that she wanted a divorce. Soon after entering the shelter program Mr. H was hired at Lineage Logistics as an hourly piece worker, his hourly compensation is $15, and when he works overtime, they pay time and a half. Mr. H applied the methods that he learned when meeting with his Case Worker to save as much as possible He saved $1,200 in his resident savings account and $2,500 in his personal savings account. He then was able to purchase a cash vehicle on the app Offer Up. Mr. H brought a 2009 Chevrolet, Impala for $3,700, this included the tax and title. Upon his exit Mr. H was able to move in with a roommate and coworker, and they are splitting all of the bills.

Mr. H

Mr. H was accepted at BAHS after moving back to Texas from New Jersey. Mr. H’s relationship with his wife had deteriorated and she informed him that she wanted a divorce. Soon after entering the shelter program Mr. H was hired at Lineage Logistics as an hourly piece worker, his hourly compensation is $15, and when he works overtime, they pay time and a half. Mr. H applied the methods that he learned when meeting with his Case Worker to save as much as possible He saved $1,200 in his resident savings account and $2,500 in his personal savings account. He then was able to purchase a cash vehicle on the app Offer Up. Mr. H brought a 2009 Chevrolet, Impala for $3,700, this included the tax and title. Upon his exit Mr. H was able to move in with a roommate and coworker, and they are splitting all of the bills.

Ms. T M J

Ms. J entered the BAHS with her 3-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter after losing her job. After being laid off due to the pandemic, Ms. J found obtaining employment to be difficult, especially because she didn’t have daycare. While residing at the shelter, Ms. J obtained a full-time job working with Timewise as a cashier earning $11.00 an hour. Once she was admitted into the shelter the Case management team was able to connect her with NCI, which was able to provide her with full-time daycare for her son while she worked. While residing here for 71 days she was able to save $1,800, which was the goal she had set. Upon her exit Ms. J was able to pay for her storage, deposits, and move into permanent housing with her children. 

Ms. T M J

Ms. J entered the BAHS with her 3-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter after losing her job. After being laid off due to the pandemic, Ms. J found obtaining employment to be difficult, especially because she didn’t have daycare. While residing at the shelter, Ms. J obtained a full-time job working with Timewise as a cashier earning $11.00 an hour. Once she was admitted into the shelter the Case management team was able to connect her with NCI, which was able to provide her with full-time daycare for her son while she worked. While residing here for 71 days she was able to save $1,800, which was the goal she had set. Upon her exit Ms. J was able to pay for her storage, deposits, and move into permanent housing with her children. 

R J Family

Mr. J began his journey and requested our services with his wife and 4-year-old daughter. After having a car accident, The J’s both lost their ability to work for a short period of time. They then got behind on their bills and found themselves homeless. After moving into the shelter, they were forced to give up their car. The damages from the accident were too great and the settlement with the other party from the accident was still in litigation. As if that was enough, the J’s had another stroke of misfortune when Mr. J’s mother passed away.

They were able to have family assist them with travel to go to her funeral, and once back they again began their search for better days. Mr. J has finally been able to find a position with GCCISD and Ms. J is on her second round of interviews and hopes for a possible position soon. We will supply them with childcare for the interview and if hired on, further childcare for her to be able to work. We have also assisted with interview clothing, and transportation for both members of this family. They both have participated in Employment Services class and Financial Literacy classes offered by BAHS.

R J Family

Mr. J began his journey and requested our services with his wife and 4-year-old daughter. After having a car accident, The J’s both lost their ability to work for a short period of time. They then got behind on their bills and found themselves homeless. After moving into the shelter, they were forced to give up their car. The damages from the accident were too great and the settlement with the other party from the accident was still in litigation. As if that was enough, the J’s had another stroke of misfortune when Mr. J’s mother passed away.

They were able to have family assist them with travel to go to her funeral, and once back they again began their search for better days. Mr. J has finally been able to find a position with GCCISD and Ms. J is on her second round of interviews and hopes for a possible position soon. We will supply them with childcare for the interview and if hired on, further childcare for her to be able to work. We have also assisted with interview clothing, and transportation for both members of this family. They both have participated in Employment Services class and Financial Literacy classes offered by BAHS.