February 21, 2013
I wish people could see this program for what it really is. In no way does this program help those it intends to. They have room for 30 families there are currently two that reside there. My wife, daughter and I were residents there for seven months. We were close to graduating until one day staff knocked on the door and told my wife that they would like me to leave. They did not give her any reason what so ever, just that they wanted her to stay and me to leave. They intentionally try to break up families, in the eight months we have been there I have witnessed this six seperate times. The final reason they gave me for exiting me was that my job did not meet their requirements. I have been employed since my first week upon moving in to home start. I am on commission sales and make more than any other resident did. How could my job not meet their standards. I had over 8000 dollars saved up when exited. I followed every rule they had and even some they made up just for me. It a completly arbitrary and inconsistent program. It would be a great program if they were consistent and did not go back on their own rules. The comments about clients not wanting to help themselves could not be farther from the truth. After exiting my family it took three weeks to send us our savings. They took it upon themselves to pay 3000 out of it on meanlingless things. They did pay some bills however a month later the creditors have yet to recieve them. I have done follow up on these bills and Home Start will not call me back. I have several thousand dollars in limbeau that I can not account for. People are worse off when leaving than they are when they get there. In some cases the clients are the problems some people can not be helped. However, the majority of the problems start with Home Start Staff.
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