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Success Stories

The Road to Stability

Ms. Davis began working with a Flagler Cares’ Care Coordinator to see if she might be eligible for assistance with applying for Social Security Disability in March of this year. Ms. Davis has been working with her Care Coordinator for most of this year gathering the necessary medical documents and completing the application…

Housed for the Holidays

Ms. Smith came to Flagler Cares after losing her housing due to her landlord selling the home she had been renting. She and her family were staying in a motel until they could no longer afford it. Ms. Smith and her 4 children were living in their car for 3 days when they learned about Flagler Cares. She had full-time employment in the medical field. Her 3 oldest children would be in school and her youngest would stay with a friend during the day while she worked…

The Promises of the Future Just Out of Reach

Sometimes clients need just a little assistance to make big things happen. Mr. King had money that could support him but the road to reach it had many obstacles. Mr. King was referred to our office by his mental health case worker at SMA Healthcare. He had recently been released from prison after two and a half years. However…

Family of 5 Spends Thanksgiving in Their Car and Christmas in Their Home

It is never a good feeling when you receive a referral from Janet Nickels, Human Services Program Manager-Flagler County two days before Thanksgiving regarding a family of five living in their car, but homelessness has no calendar or holidays. With the assistance…

Tackling Homelessness with Ongoing Advocacy

As anyone can imagine, homelessness takes a toll on the body. Aging is not easy for any of us but add sleeping outdoors every night and the toll is even greater. I met Mr. Joseph in April of 2020. He is a charming man, with a polite way about him. He was clearly worn down by the stressors of living outdoors. He was receiving services…

Cooperative Programs Remove Barriers to Sight

In February 2020, a Flagler County resident came to Flagler Cares to get an ID through the IDAssist program. She had been struggling with mental illness for years and had no income while she applied to Social Security Disability. Her quality of life was further impacted by her declining eyesight due to cataracts in both eyes.

Bunnell Widow Uses IDASSIST/SOAR Program to Access Social Security Benefits

Ms. C came to Flagler Cares in October 2019, when she was referred by Flagler Habitat for Humanity. She was delinquent on a small equity line she had taken out on her Habitat for Humanity home and had no income. Her husband had died earlier in the year and she was struggling to access his widow’s benefits from Social Security.

Ms. T and the Full Circle

Every January starts with hope. Hope your program will succeed, hope that clients will be successful. In January 2020, Ms. T was a client in a residential program at WARM through SMA Healthcare in Flagler County. This program provides substance abuse counseling and intensive support to help women move away from addiction and toward the future.

Ms. Burton Success Story

Ms. Burton was referred to Flagler Cares through a local health agency when she and her 83-year-old veteran father became homeless. Their landlord notified them that their rental was going to be sold, leaving them nowhere to go. This is a common issue that many renters are having in the Flagler County area as more rentals are being sold and taken out of the rental market.

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