Sean shares how an accident changed his life in a matter of seconds. It happened so fast while rollerblading on a local road, “I was attempting to make a turn and rammed into a parked truck.” Sean, who was 15 years old at the time, was in a coma for two and a half weeks with a fractured head, and then spent the next six months in a rehabilitation facility addressing issues of memory, cognition, and physical therapy to relearn the basics of walking, talking and more.
Returning to high school in the special needs curriculum, Sean graduated and was featured in Who’s Who in American Schools. He then moved to Lancaster and found an apartment with a roommate. Since 2006, he has worked as a barista at Starbucks.
Over the past few years, Sean had a goal of finding a place of his own, working on his independence and, more importantly, accessing stability and peace of mind. When his good friend passed away recently, Sean had the opportunity to lease his place and make it his own.
“Here I met Doug, a supportive services coordinator of Tenfold, who has been a pivotal person and a tremendous ally for me. Doug goes above and beyond in helping me, he is just a really kind person and I’m blessed to have him in my life. It is the simple task of connecting me to public services, like food, the bank, or working with me on my budgeting skills. I consider him a friend.”
With limited affordable housing options for low-income neighbors in our community, empowering people with knowledge and tools they can use to maintain their housing is important. Tenfold’s Supportive Services staff plays a critical role in this process, as they work with property managers in affordable living communities, while also providing assistance to tenants with a variety of needs. This helps facilitate a stable environment for both the landlord and renter.
This includes empowering residents, like Sean, to maintain stability. More specifically, they provide residents with tools to overcome financial challenges, they connect residents to local agencies and resources to meet their needs, and they encourage residents to build relationships with each other to strengthen their community.