It is an honor to meet and help thousands of families every year. Here some of our clients share their experiences at LIFE/Houston.
One client, a young mother, had just started a new job and moved into a new place when her purse was stolen. Her rent money, WIC card and identification were all gone. She had a hungry baby and few people to turn to in this immediate crisis when her WIC office referred her to LIFE/Houston. After her visit, she shared her relief in finding help, "Thanks to LIFE/Houston my baby now has formula and diapers. It's truly a blessing for people to find it in their hearts to help me in my time of need."
A client came to us with an amazing story of faith and perseverance. Her three children were born prematurely and the oldest was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Her husband was disabled. When she lost her WIC card she knew her children were at risk for going to bed hungry. "God knows we cannot afford the formula so when I heard about LIFE/Houston I thanked God and I thank you."
Robert and Josie Casas are young professionals who were married two years ago. Before they became parents they decided one of them would stay home. As circumstances had it, Robert was laid off right before they welcomed Christian.
Josie returned to work while Robert became a stay-at-home Dad. Several months later, Josie was laid off. They had savings but not enough. Fortunately, they'd visited the Baby Expo weeks earlier and learned of LIFE/Houston. Instead of making a donation, as they planned, they returned for help. Today, Josie is working and the Casas' family is grateful for LIFE/Houston's help. "We only want to use what we need," said Robert humbly. "There are others who need help more than we do. Now we are slowing catching up with our finances. Receiving help from LIFE/Houston made a tremendous difference."
"Times have been rough and it [is] always good to have someone lend you a hand. I've just had my baby 10 days ago and I'm going [through] some money issues, which I know will [be] temporary while I get back on my feet. I really appreciate LIFE/Houston for giving me a hand through these times. Now I know that someday I can give back as well. Thank you. You help is really appreciated.
Sincerely, Kaitlynn y Maria" (5/27/2011)