Those Who Rise is a blog featuring LVT Rise volunteers and participants, as well as West Fort Worth Center of Hope neighbors. This blog is meant to provide an outlet for the LVT community to share their experiences, thoughts, and needs to those who are willing to listen.
Due to COVID-19 I never got to meet Mini in person which saddens me, because from talking to her on the phone, I am sure she's an amazing person to be around. Mini was open and honest with me, which really showed me what a genuine woman she is. I was introduced to Mini through our Apartment Outreach Manager, Mark, who originally met with Mini to help her with rent assistance. Through prayer and hard work, West Fort Worth Center of Hope was able to help Mini get through some of the hardest times she's endured this year. Here's a little bit of her story:
Q: How did you hear about WFWCOH?
A: Our Apartment complex manager sent an email to all low-income residents who had trouble making rent. She sent a link out to people to apply for rental assistance. I applied, and was contacted through text by Tom and Mark.
I went into a panic when COVID hit because I knew all I would have is my social security. COVID put me in a state of depression and anxiety so, I really needed encouraging people to keep in contact with. Talking to Mark and Tom made me realize there is help out there.
I realized that there are people who can help me get past this time of struggle. I do have underlying ailments, as I said, I receive disability. I was so scared with my underlying health issues and I really didn’t know what was going on with COVID. I thought I was going to be unable to do anything. Tom and Mark helped me realize that God has the last say, and there is no need to worry. I’m doing much better now.
I take care of my 8-year-old nephew and I have been trying to protect him with his asthma. I was nervous about everything, but we are much better today. I am taking precautions and listening to all the advice. . . there’s so many questions. It’s been a journey and I am fighting daily because I know we will surpass this moment with prayer. Some people don’t reach out for support, but we have it thanks to West Fort Worth Center of Hope!
Q: What would you say is positive about your community that might be understated by people outside of it?
A: Not everyone is low income by choice. I have health conditions and it’s taken a toll on my life. I am working on an education. With a bad heart, a lot of people don’t want to hire me as an employee. Day to day is a question mark for me and people might think I chose this, but I am positive. Get to know people as they are before you judge the community as a whole. Don't count us out because we are low-income. Get to know us, believe in who we are. The people who live here aren’t all bad, we struggle, but it’s important to believe in us.
Q: What do you think we need to continue doing during this time to help the community?
A: Continue to send out letters so people can know they can seek help. Most of us are still dealing with so much, and the email I got was so helpful. This is a time of an emotional roller coaster. We need people who are willing to help.
Q: How was WFWCOH specifically helpful to you?
A: Y'all paid $200 of my April rent- not only did you help me with that, you prayed for me. Thank God for the money, but the prayer actually helped me the most. Having people concerned for me was what I was most appreciative of. I am grateful there is technology for me to text consistently and get a response from encouraging people. You gave me the hope I needed to know everything would be okay sooner or later. That was the most important part- to have the ability to talk to someone when things are so uncertain. My heart is happy because I feel like I have someone to turn to.
Q: What would you say to a donor on the verge of donating?
A: So many people out here need help. Their donation could change someone’s life. One donation could save someone’s life. Their donation could help with people who are scared to reach out. When West Fort Worth Center of Hope donated to me, they donated to my nephew, they donated to all the lives I am in connection with. I feel like my nephew depends on me and when I am going through distress and it affects him- that donation came through and it changed everything for us.
This conversation with Mini warmed my heart. She was vulnerable regarding her personal situation and that of others in her community. She encouraged donors to give because she believed it completely altered her family's life. She explained that giving to low-income communities is needed because people might be dealing with hardships we beyond our comprehension. Most importantly, Mini shared that it wasn't the money that made the most impact on her, rather the money was a medium which introduced her to encouraging people who shifted her focus off of anxiety and onto the Lord. I am thankful for our neighbors like Mini who, through honesty and vulnerability, remind us of truth we all need to hear.
Thank you for reading Those Who Rise. Would you consider donating? Your donation can help several people in our LVT community just like Vera.
Donate by visiting the link below: https://www.wfwcenterofhope.com/donate
Glory to God always, Kaleigh Lilite