Mrs. B, age 96, and her daughter lost their home in Florissant to foreclosure last year, just as winter was turning to spring. They had no place to go. Various friends took them in for short periods, but the two had to move every several weeks. They left their furniture – including family heirlooms – behind because they had to place to store it. Homeless at her advanced age, Mrs. B was in despair.
The Catholic Legal Assistance Ministry teamed up with case managers at another St. Francis Community Services site to help the little family. A CLAM attorney persuaded the lender to pay for moving the furniture to a storage facility, rather than hauling it to a dump. A SFCS housing counselor helped Mrs. B and her daughter consolidate all their belongings, pay storage fees and consider housing options.