Ray and Dissirie recently moved into an apartment with their four children on the Family Campus of The Lord's Place in Palm Beach County after being homeless for many months.
They previously operated a home cleaning service; however, because of a sluggish economy and Dissirie's worsening health problems, their business suffered. Finances were ultimately stretched so thin that, for the first time in their lives, they could not afford to pay rent and put food on the table. As a result, the family lost their apartment. Since arriving at The Lord's Place, the couple has completed job training programs: Ray in culinary arts and Dissirie in clerical. Working with their job coach, Ray gained employment in the food service industry and Dissirie secured a receptionist position. Over the next six to nine months, they will save for their future while participating in financial coaching and other services to help them regain self-sufficiency.
The Jim Moran Foundation's two-year grant to The Lord's Place provides case management and support for homeless families in interim housing.