My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Stride, Wheat Ridge, CO, USA
Due to a series of unfortunate events a few years ago, my family of four ended up at a shelter. We were lucky enough to find a shelter that would take all four of us in, including my husband, which was unique because 98% of shelters are for single woman or single man. Once we were in the shelter, we then had to find that 2% of help that would allow us to stay as a family in this transition period. STRIDE was the ONLY one that would allow this to happen. After going through an extensive evaluation and qualification period, we then had to find housing under the amount allowed. In Denver this was challenging, but Stride continued to work with their network and got us into our first three bedroom apartment and allowed my son and daughter to have a room of their own for the first time. After the 2 years of transitional housing, financial education, emotional and mental support, and continuous case management, we were able to qualify and move into another house on our own income and good word. A lot of people underestimate the affect these nonprofits have on the community and also underestimate who these services really benefit. As for me and my family, we know that our pride had brought us this far together and Stride was courageous enough to support us and have faith that their services will help make our dream of self sustainability a reality. I was born in poverty but worked since the young age of 14. I have kept a full time position before, during, and after our homeless situation. We are and have always been drug and alcohol free, and continue to pay for my health care, food, school lunches, and housing on my own, free from government assistance. Stride is made for families who are working, who are trying to be stable and provide for their families but just landed on hard times. I graduated from the Stride program 2 years ago, and still receive follow ups from my friends at Stride. If you are looking to donate to a non-profit that will truly make a difference, please consider Stride as your choice. Not only did their financial assistance go far in helping us, but it helped mold and provide an example of community for my children and push me to become the mother/wife/employee/friend i've always dreamt I could be.