Edward P. came to us in early November. It was starting to get cold outside and he needed a blanket to keep warm at night as he was sleeping in his car. Edward is a Disabled American Veteran – and he was homeless due to divorce. He had been given custody of his 14 year old son, but insisted his son stay with relatives while he slept in his car until he could find them both housing.
A few weeks later, he came in with great news – the representatives at the Veteran’s Administration, had located housing for him and his son. But the apartment came unfurnished – no furniture, no household items – nothing but a roof and 4 walls.
Again Edward came to ECHO seeking assistance – this time Edward received 2 beds, a sofa, a dining room table and chairs, and a dresser provided by generous donors to our furniture program and a variety of household goods to help he and his son have a new beginning. As an added bonus, Edward was also placed on the Thanksgiving Dinner recipient list – so with his new pots, pans and dishes– Edward and Nicholas celebrated their first Thanksgiving in the new home as a family. Whether it was a turkey, a lamp, dishes, or a check…THANK YOU to all of our supporters who made this and many other stories like it possible.