At 83 years young, Lydia, a mother of 8, grandmother of 18 and great grandmother of twin boys, came to Tabor Community Services for counseling. At that time she was living in her home in Lancaster, which needed repairs that she could not afford. During her conversation with Randi, a counselor with the Ann B. Barshinger Financial Empowerment Center, she told Randi that she needed to move and needed housing. Randi called 211 and reached United Way, who knew of an apartment at the Marietta Senior Apartments where Tabor provides supportive services. Lydia completed an application and was accepted as a resident. Lydia completed an application and was accepted as a resident.
With assistance from Off the Streets, whose founder Tabor recognized in 2016 as the Housing Partner of the Year, Lydia received her security deposit and first month’s rent. When she moved into her apartment, she met Kristine, Tabor's Supportive Services coordinator at Marietta Senior Apartments. In her role, Kristine develops a relationship with the resident, and the primary objective is helping residents stay independent in their home. She has helped Lydia with her health insurance appeals, contacts agencies Lydia may need, addresses any health concerns she may have and sought assistance from the Central PA Food Bank for Lydia to receive a monthly food box. Lydia describes Kristine as “wonderful, with a beautiful attitude towards helping people.” She has always been impressed by Kristine's professionalism and competency.
Since February 2017 Lydia has been happy living in Marietta, attending church, reading the Bible, meeting new friends and reminds everyone, “I knew the Lord would lead me where I needed to be, and I am blessed.” She encourages anyone who “gets into a predicament where they can’t help themselves, pray and go to Tabor. They will help you find your way.”
To Tabor’s donors, Lydia says, “Tabor is a good investment. Your contributions help so many people who, with your help, become self-sufficient. I appreciate all they do for Tabor.”