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a leading care provider used
samaritan to help clients quickly overcome barriers to housing

City Care used the platform to cover relational and financial gaps they faced, propelling clients to the following outcomes…

665

volunteer
‘samaritans’

67

samaritan
members

55%

improved
self-sufficiency

12

reached life-
changing outcomes

  • time unsheltered

    < 1 year

  • life care visits

    2

  • funds from beacon

    $402

  • outcome

    found housing,
    employment

It means a lot to me because I know they believe in me. It's hard to make it back in the real world. When I hear from them, it gives me hope to keep going the right way.

Billy G.

Billy was discharged from prison in the summer of 2020 and had plans to live with his oldest son upon his release. A month before his release, his son was tragically killed in an automobile accident. This shattered Billy’s world and forced him to discharge into homelessness. Billy was staying at a shelter and connected to City Care, where he was set up with Samaritan. Through consistent meetings with his case manager and the active support he received through Samaritan, Billy reactivated his income, and found stable housing. Billy used the money from his Samaritan account to pay for his move in deposit and first month’s rent. Billy celebrated the life of his son and held a memorial service with the rest of his family after he moved into his new housing. Billy also reconnected with his grandchildren and now cherishes his weekends hosting them in his new home!

  • time unsheltered

    unknown

  • life care visits

    4

  • funds from beacon

    $1,428

  • outcome

    education,
    utilities

Trivione O.

Trivione was burdened with significant debt and a failed relationship, preventing him from basic utilities like a cellphone and leading him into homelessness. Intelligent and hard-working, his team of samaritans befriended him, helping him flourish within a faith community, cover his basic needs, and gain recent acceptance into two private universities.

  • time unsheltered

    unknown

  • life care visits

    5

  • funds from beacon

    $3,200

  • outcome

    found housing,
    food access

It means a lot. It means the world to me at times. Encouraging messages from those people help a lot!

Kyrillos K.

Kyrillos is focused on rebuilding his life as he finishes out a four year probation sentence. With the support of his samaritan teammates, he has been able to move into his own apartment and cover his monthly bills while he completes a coding bootcamp.

  • time unsheltered

    3 years

  • life care visits

    2

  • funds from beacon

    $678

  • outcome

    found housing

Brandi M.

Brandi is a domestic violence survivor and had been out of prison since 2018, staying in a homeless shelter and struggling in her recovery. She connected with City Care and worked with her case manager towards ending her homelessness. Brandi received access to Samaritan and used the funds to manage her phone bill, pay her court costs, and replace her state ID. After lots of hard work, Brandi secured an apartment, signed her lease, and moved into her new home. She has 2 months of sobriety and is continuing to build her life. She is an active member and leader in her weekly recovery group.

  • time unsheltered

    3 years

  • life care visits

    3

  • funds from beacon

    $544

  • outcome

    found housing,
    employment

Orlando N.

Orlando was struggling with homelessness for 3 years. Orlando connected with City Care last year, who helped him navigate resources and services in Oklahoma City. With prior felonies in his background, deteriorating health, and no stable income, Orlando had many strikes against him. Exiting homelessness felt so far out of reach, but he chose to use Samaritan anyways. With help from his case manager and team of samaritans, Orlando secured a stable income, housing, and new furniture for his apartment within 11 days.

  • time unsheltered

    8 years

  • life care visits

    3

  • funds from beacon

    $358

  • outcome

    found housing,
    self-empowered

Lisa L.

Lisa has been battling street homelessness since 2009 due to substance abuse. She was incarcerated for 3 years and discharged back into homelessness. Lisa spent time in shelters and living homeless on the streets. She engaged with CityCare and the Diversion Hub. After accessing Samaritan, she now has stable housing. Lisa was able to pay the deposit, and purchase much needed household items because of her access to Samaritan. She’s been clean for 3 years and is more excited about life than she has been in a long time.

  • time unsheltered

    2 years

  • life care visits

    3

  • funds from beacon

    $180

  • outcome

    found housing,
    employment

Trevor B.

Trevor had significant struggles with substance abuse that led to his homelessness. Trevor entered a shelter in 2019 after his life fell apart. Trevor completed the shelter’s 10 month recovery program, undertaking the difficult heart work of examining patterns in his life that led to his addiction and committing to re-learning healthy life skills. During his time in the program, he connected with a case manager from City Care who got him access to Samaritan. Trevor also obtained a job as a forklift operator in a warehouse. He eventually graduated from the program and used the money he acquired through Samaritan to pay for his security deposit on a new apartment. Trevor has been employed now for a year and a half and housed for 3 months. The supplemental income he received through Samaritan has allowed him to save money and clear many obstacles that would have otherwise consumed his entire paycheck.

  • time unsheltered

    4 years

  • life care visits

    3

  • funds from beacon

    $145

  • outcome

    found housing,
    improved health

Daryl B.

Daryl had a bout of bad physical health. Cataracts in both eyes left him blind, and he was also diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. These health problems led to his street homelessness starting in 2016. He’s on a fixed income and can't afford medical care and housing from his fixed income alone. Through engagement with CityCare, the Diversion Hub, and Samaritan, he is now stable in an affordable housing unit. He has access to the proper amount of care and is engaged with case management. Daryl paid his deposit and part of the first month of rent with his assistance from Samaritan. He was also able to buy a bed and some clothing. Bus fair is no longer a major hurdle now too. Daryl is living the life he feared he would never regain.

  • time unsheltered

    unknown

  • life care visits

    3

  • funds from beacon

    $355

  • outcome

    found employment

Joey R.

Joey struggled with a range of challenges to his long term stability, which led to him experiencing homelessness. With help from his case manager and supporting samaritans, Joey was able to pay his first months’ rent for his transitional housing and establish stable income through his social security benefits.

  • time unsheltered

    unknown

  • life care visits

    4

  • funds from beacon

    $712

  • outcome

    social support

Queen B.

When Queen B joined Samaritan, she was living in a shelter and fighting an unlawful eviction in court. With the encouragement and financial support she received from samaritans, she was able to pay her court costs and know that she had people in her corner through it all.

  • time unsheltered

    unknown

  • life care visits

    1

  • funds from beacon

    $514

  • outcome

    found housing

Renee F.

Renee faced significant barriers to stable housing, and when an unexpected housing opportunity suddenly became available, she didn’t have the funds for the required deposit. OKC samaritans rallied around Renee, and quickly raised the funds needed for the deposit. Renee was able to move forward with her housing within the week.

  • time unsheltered

    unknown

  • life care visits

    3

  • funds from beacon

    $486

  • outcome

    found housing
    healthcare

Gary P.

Gary’s life fell apart after his divorce, and he ultimately ended up in a shelter recovery program for substance abuse. The funds and support he received from samaritans allowed Gary to pay for his first month’s rent in a sober living facility and purchase needed household items.

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