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Not sure what our Money Minders do? Read a story from one of our clients below to find out how our financial coordinators are helping people living with mental illness, developmental disabilities, substance abuse, and other challenges keep their bills paid and a roof over their head.

When I became a client at LSS, I had just been released from jail and was placed in a group home by another agency. The home was terrible; sewage was in the back of the house, the people who ran it required me to give them my food stamp card for use by other residents, and they demanded that I pay full rent even though I wasn’t there for an entire month.

I was scared because I just got out of jail and if I acted out, they would make sure I went back. I’m bipolar, suffer from anxiety, and have an explosive temper sometimes. I felt on the verge of having an episode and didn’t want to be homeless.

I told my financial coordinator about it and she told her program director. They saw to it that I was reimbursed and that the only money paid to the owner was for rent during the time I was actually there. While this was being taken care of, I was looking for an apartment. I have a hard time reading so I brought the application to my coordinator and she sat down with me and helped me fill it out.

Fast forward to today- I have stayed out of trouble ever since I’ve been out of jail and I’ve been in stable housing ever since I moved into my apartment. My rent and bills are paid on time and I’m living better than I ever have. I finally feel like I’m headed in the right direction, and I was even able to get the big screen TV I always dreamed of.

Whenever I need someone to talk to, my financial coordinator always lets me get whatever it is off my chest and encourages me whenever I’m feeling down. When I have family functions at the house, I always invite her because she is family. I’m so grateful and thankful for the payee program- they saved my life.