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Thanks to our Donors, Harbor Homes’ Veterans FIRST Program Helps Air Force Family Overcome Homelessness

On 12/19/2012

Harbor Homes is incredibly grateful for our supporters that have helped more than 300 NH veteran families move from homelessness to independence. Every donation helps create miracles, like the story of Diego and Bethany below, a young veteran family who received a second chance at life, thanks to you. Thank you for your continued support. Please consider making a year-end donation so that no homeless veteran in NH is forced to sleep on the streets, by visiting our website.

 

A Homeless Veteran Family’s Transformation

Diego is a twenty-six year old Air Force veteran. He served in Colombia from 2005 to 2009 and received the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with two oak leaf clusters. Diego was also awarded with the Air Force Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Air Force Longevity Service, and the Air Force Training Ribbon.

 

Bethany and daughter, Mime 3 years old

Bethany is Diego’s wife and also an Air Force veteran who served in the Air Force Air Crew Life Support from 2005 to 2007. She received the Air Force Training Ribbon, National Defense Serve Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.While in the military, Diego worked in IT, while Behtany taught English.

After receiving honorable discharges from the Air Force, Bethany discovered she was pregnant. At the same time, Diego was laid off work, due to cutbacks as a result of the poor economy. As a young couple just starting out, with little savings,  this was devastating. Like millions of other Americans who were unemployed, Both Diego and Bethany searched for work, but were unsuccessful. Eventually, they lost their home, and were forced to move in with their grandmother.
A few years later, this home was demolished, and Bethany and Deigo found themselves homeless and desperate, with a five year old son and 3 year old daughter to care for. At this point, Diego and Bethany moved into a hotel room with their children, spending the next month gathering resources and looking for help. They connected with the Manchester VA Medical Center, where the Homeless Liaison referred them to Harbor Homes’ Veterans FIRST program.

 

Since their arrival to Harbor Homes, the family is making steady progress towards independence. The family was provided with a 2-bedroom transitional housing apartment and, through the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program, is obtaining ongoing assistance in gaining and maintaining employment. Diego is back in school to earn a degree in accounting. He also works as a security guard at a local hospital. His wife, Bethany,  has a full-time job, where she is well-liked and respected by co-workers and supervisors. They are both dedicated parents striving to provide for their small family through hard work and perseverance, showing their children what a strong work ethic can accomplish.

 

With help from generous community members, Harbor Homes and the Partnership for Successful Living, can assist this family — and many others –in gaining a second chance on life, replacing homelessness with hope for what the future will bring.

Please consider making a year-end gift to Harbor Homes by visiting www.harborhomes.org/donate, and help create hundreds more success stories like Diego and Bethany’s in 2013.

 

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One Response to “Thanks to our Donors, Harbor Homes’ Veterans FIRST Program Helps Air Force Family Overcome Homelessness”

  1. Diego and Bethany are the Model Veterans and always smile while working their way back up to independance. We all worked as a team and they were the motivating factor and never gave up. Diego just got his grades, all A’s and B’s and the kids thanks to many will have lots of gifts under the tree.

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