The Coalition for Compassion and Justice is collaborating with Dorn Homes to develop a new affordable housing property in Prescott. These Lodges will house 4-6 individuals that would otherwise be living in a shelter. Dorn Homes will be building two Lodges locally as part of the effort to end homelessness in the Quad Cities. These properties will provide residents an opportunity to gradually transition from shelter living to market housing by offering the stability of a home while ensuring that living costs are within residents’ means. This stability, coupled with the services of CCJ, represents a critical first step on the path to independence.
It seems so long ago, but feels like yesterday. The burned bridges, with only a tether to get back. It’s the same story for many people. The anguish, the hopelessness, the unknowing of what lies ahead. Homelessness. Luckily for some who want help and to work for a better life, they might find themselves at the front door of CCJ. Such is the case of Suzy and I. Neither of us were ever homeless in our lives before, but due to depression followed by addiction to alcohol, we found ourselves in this predicament. After months spent at the CCJ shelter, we were finally able to save enough money to move into one of the Second Chance housing units. We met in the shelter and realized we have the same goals. Our life today is a complete 180 compared to 9 months ago. We both currently work for a recovery center helping other alcoholics and addicts. It’s something we both enjoy. CCJ has blessed us with a permanent residence. Last December I was voted on to the CCJ Board of Directors. I hope that, with the other Directors, we can end homelessness in the Prescott area. We are just two of many success stories that CCJ has helped make come true. There are many more to follow.
Forever thankful, Suzy and Chris
Coalition for Compassion and Justice has served those living in poverty in the Prescott community since 2001. We are a client-centered organization dedicated to the needs of the most vulnerable. Collaborative since its inception, we continue to streamline services with our organizational partners and create effective and non-duplicative efforts. Our programs include Home Repair, Emergency Shelter, Advocacy, Employee Readiness, and Affordable Housing. Our mission is to end homelessness locally through connecting clients with housing and support. We believe that incremental growth, toward an individual’s highest capacity is the most dignified and successful path into the broader community.