In October of 2015, Sabrina enrolled in Lifeline’s Supportive Housing Program. This program provides rental assistance and case management support to eligible Lake County adults who are enrolled in an accredited educational institution.
Sabrina is a 37 year old single mother of four. She was pursuing her dream of becoming a nurse by participating in classes at ITT Tech when her world was turned upside down. After working for the same company for 12 years, Sabrina was one of several employees who were laid off. After losing her job, she continued to search for employment for almost a year and struggled daily to make ends meet. She stated her “finances were in ruin” and that she “contemplated dropping out of nursing school several times because the financial burden was beginning to overwhelm me mentally interfering with my studying.”
Sabrina applied for government assistance and searched online for programs to assist her with her utility disconnection. While researching, she found information on The Supportive Housing Program and contacted Lifeline to apply. Sabrina was provided with detailed information and was immediately enrolled into the program.
Sabrina states, “After acceptance into the program, I not only received rental assistance and help with monthly budget planning, but also I received information on resources to obtain financial planning, food assistance programs, home ownership education, holiday assistance program, and family counseling.”
“Sabrina is a very dedicated and motivated individual,” says Lifeline Program Coordinator and Sabrina’s case manager, Angela Wrana. “Despite all of the struggles that Sabrina and her children faced, she never gave up. She excelled at school and was able to maintain a 4.0 GPA through everything.”
With receiving rental assistance and case management support, Sabrina was able to successfully complete two years of schooling and secure employment in her chosen field. She was provided with support during the closing of ITT Tech and transitioned to a Bachelor’s degree program at South University.
“I have grown as a parent, student and a person in general since I began participating in the program,” Sabrina says. “The program has been such a blessing to my family and I. I am pleased with the help, kindness and support that my family received. Without this program, school would have been much more difficult to get through. I hope that future participants take advantage of all the great resources this program has to offer, it can be life changing.”