SAMMinistries gets grant to continue helping disabled families

45 families given housing in San Antonio

Published On: Jan 23 2013 09:38:25 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 23 2013 10:30:00 PM CST

SAMMinistries received a grant in October of 2012 for a permanent supportive housing program aimed at disabled persons and their families.

Melisa Villa, Manager of Permanent Supportive Housing at SAMMinistries said the new program has allowed them to provide apartments for more than 45 families where the head of household has a disability.

"That's really a trying situation for them," said Villa. "So what we try to do is help them in obtaining apartment living, so their families aren't out on the streets."

Rose, a victim of domestic violence, who asked not to be identified by her real name, said she has benefited from the housing program.

"I've come along way," she said. "Getting things set with my home. It's just a really good program."

Rose suffers from a mental health disability, which she said made it impossible for her to provide for herself and her young son.

However, she said with the help of SAMMinistries and their new housing program for disabled people and their families, her life has turned around.

"I felt like I had no hope," she said. "Like there was no hope at all. There was nothing out there for me because of my mental illness."

Vila said their program is not just about giving them somewhere to live, it's also about giving these recipients the tools they need to one day get out on their own.

"They are able to attend parenting, life skills classes," said Villa. "And, we have case management that helps them to become self sufficient.."

For more information or to sign up for this housing, you can call SAMMinistries at 210-321-5682.

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