Anna*is a domestic violence survivor with four children, two of which have medical conditions that require hospitalization from time to time. She opened up to her advocate about her financial struggles. The two sat down and analyzed Anna’s income and expenses and made plans to save money. They discussed planning grocery shopping trips by making a list, looking at sale papers, using coupons and downloading savings apps. The advocate also reminded Anna she could reduce her grocery spending by utilizing the food pantry at Shelter House and other community pantries. These strategies and sticking to a budget freed up more money for Anna to pay rent, medical expenses and other bills.
Anna faced an additional challenge with her job. The company was in financial distress and wasn’t paying her full salary. This posed a real problem because Anna’s children attended the daycare where she was employed. The advocate talked to Anna about employment options and provided her with referrals. Anna was able to find another job that provided services for her children. Now that she is being fully compensated, Anna edited her budget and is getting back on track.
Working with her advocate, Anna is staying on budget and is meeting her expenses on her car, rent and medical expenses. Her willingness to put in the work has empowered her and set her up for success.