E. graduated from high school and held down a steady job. Yes, he drank, but only after working hours. For a while, he was able to successfully maintain this balancing act.
But then he lost his job.
Without a car, his options narrowed. (There is virtually no public transportation in the southern part of Prince George’s County.) E. was living with his girlfriend and was not interested in moving to a more populated area, so he picked up part-time jobs in the community, and he started coming to Community Support Systems’ Baden Food Pantry to help make ends meet.
For a period of time, this arrangement helped to make life manageable. But then work started to dry up, the couple had a falling out - and E. was suddenly homeless with nowhere to turn.
The staff at the Baden Food Pantry noticed that E. did not appear to be doing well. E. was relieved that someone noticed, and he opened up about his situation.
The staff and volunteers at Community Support Systems took steps to help. They assisted E. by first securing his belongings, and then drove him around so he could look for work. In addition, staff and volunteers listened and provided support. The CSS Assistance Fund helped E. pay for a security deposit so that he could rent a room.
Now E. is employed by a local company part-time and has a comfortable room nearby for $50 a week.