HEMET, Calif. – The Hemet Police Department and four other nonprofit organizations worked together to assist a family who has been homeless in Hemet for several months.
The Hemet Gatekeepers contacted R.O.C.S. (Restoring Our Community Strategy) Team in April seeking help to connect the family to other family members in Colorado. The Hemet Police Department agreed to help the family however they were able to and asked for the family to go to the Hemet Police Department to meet with the HPD ROCS Team. Marian T., the mother/wife went to the lobby the next morning.
Marian shared her story including that she was born in the City of Hemet. She also shared that her family; including her husband, their 10-year-old son, and her husband’s service dog had fallen on hard times leading to them becoming homeless. The family went to the home of friends in the area, who allowed them to stay temporarily during their approximately 6 months of homelessness. Marian said that she had family in Colorado who had a home for them, and she also had a job waiting for her at her cousin’s business. The family just had one issue, figuring out how to get to Colorado.
Hemet Police ROCS called to verify that there was in fact, a place to stay and family support in Colorado for the family. The family confirmed that they had a place to stay and a job waiting for their arrival. “We then reached out to our partners at the Central County United Way for assistance,” Hemet Police officials said. “Marian’s case was a little more difficult as they had to also secure passage for their service dog but the United Way was able to work out the logistics.”
Ultimately, four service groups came together to provide the funding to unite Marian’s family with their family in Colorado:
Central County United Way: http://www.ccuw.org/
The Dwelling Place City Church: http://www.dpcitychurch.com/
The Community Pantry: http://hemetcommunitypantry.org/
Hemet Sunset Rotary: http://www.hemetrotary.org/index.php
On Wednesday, May 8, 2019, the family was provided with bus tickets and got on the bus to Colorado. The police department, non-religious nonprofit organizations, and faith-based organizations all worked together to guide the family out of homelessness.
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