Meet Lorelai, an Army Veteran
Lorelai served in the Army from 2007 to 2014 and was Honorably discharged. After leaving the military, Lorelai worked a social worker assistant in Colorado, but decided she wanted to pursue her degree in Psychology and moved to Albuquerque. Lorelai thought she had saved enough to support her children until she was able to enroll in school. Staying with her sister posed a challenge with a large household, and decided they were going to live out of their truck. After realizing that this decision was probably not the best for her children, she heard about the VIC through a nurse at the VA. Lorelai and her children were enrolled in our Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program, and with the help of our Housing Specialist Sid, she was able to move into an apartment and continue her schooling with her VA benefits. The VIC helped provide financial assistance for her new apartment, including three months’ of rent so that she did not have to live in her truck again. She also received furniture from our Donations Program that turned her “house” into a “home”, because no Veteran family should have to live on the floor with 4 walls and a bed. Lorelai needed some simple supports that she got from her new VIC family, but that were vital to her housing stability as she waited for additional benefits to begin. We’re happy to report that Lorelai graduated Spring 2019 from UNM, and is currently working on a master’s degree in Psychology, so she can help others in need as a counselor.
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