Finding Her Place

Dionne needed to get away from her abusive partner, and was taken in by Lancaster’s Domestic Violence Services. There she was referred to Tabor’s Shelter to Independent Living program and met her STIL case manager who would counsel her through the process of getting a permanent place to live. Her case manager says, “I was impressed with Dionne because she was so persistent in obtaining full-time employment and wanted to take care of herself and her children without public subsidies.” Dionne worked at two jobs as a housekeeper before landing a job that would provide advancement and the opportunity to help people. She now works as a housekeeper at Willow Valley Retirement Community and started

Tackling Debt

Jason was paying off five credit cards, three of which had interest rates of 20%. His total debt was around $17,000. “I was paying the minimum every month but when a new statement would come it was like I wasn’t paying anything!” How did he get into debt? “Just buying things,” Jason admits. “You can just buy stuff and feel ‘I don’t have to pay this right away.’ The first year might be 0%, but then it’s 10% and it keeps increasing. It’s easy! You think, ‘Hey, I don’t have to pay this for awhile.’” Jason’s dad knew about Tabor and recommended Tabor’s Ann B. Barshinger Financial Empowerment Center for Lancaster County (BFEC). He and his wife, who was pregnant at the time, met with Yvonne, one o

Home at Last

Marcie couldn’t believe her eyes when she saw the ad in The Penny Saver for a four bedroom apartment, 10 minutes from her son’s school, for only $600 including heat. It seemed too good to be true. It had been one and a half years since Marcie and her three younger sons had a home of their own. They were living at Water Street Rescue Mission after she went through her savings staying at a motel and eating out because there was no way to cook. The motel came after moving from one house to another of various family members and friends. “I know before I got into the shelter, I was having trouble finding help,” she says. “You actually have to hit bottom before you can get any help.” At the missio

Out From Under and in a Home of Her Own

Dixie was drowning in credit card debt which had accumulated during and in the wake of her divorce. Her credit card payments were insurmountable, and she felt her only recourse was to charge on one card to make a payment on another. Creditors began to call her at home, which, she said “was driving me crazy.” “I was an absolutely deadbeat person,” says Dixie, “and I didn’t want to be.” A friend recommended that she call Tabor’s Ann B. Barshinger Financial Empowerment Center (BFEC), and her first meeting with her financial counselor was the beginning of the end to Dixie’s credit problems. Once she entered the program, Dixie said, “the phone calls stopped almost immediately.” She went on a de

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