Lorrie came to the Haven after bouncing from couch to couch at the homes of her children. Once she got into the Haven her Case Manager, Caroline, helped her sign up for Medicaid and apply for food stamps. Several months earlier, Lorrie had quit her job at McDonald’s because she wasn’t able see very well or stand for long periods of time. With Medicaid benefits she was able to go to the eye doctor, who diagnosed her with severe cataracts in both eyes that would have caused her to go blind. Lorrie underwent two eye surgeries while living at the Haven, and while recovering she did what she could to give back to the Haven by volunteering with mailings and the cleaning of Bev’s House. Lorrie also participated in the Haven’s Getting Ahead class, and recently graduated in June. She is looking forward to moving into her own apartment in August, and hopes to go back to school to gain more skills to become an administrative assistant.
The Haven Through 40 Years
The Haven will commemorate its four decades of service to the region by releasing 40 stories of people, events, ideas, and services fundamental to our mission. We will be releasing these stories weekly, so check back often.