Tim, U.S. Army Veteran
Tim, a young veteran, served active duty for both the U.S. Army and National Guard. His military experienced taught him discipline, punctuality, and most importantly what it means to be a leader.
Tim currently works as a general contractor—supervising remodeling, building, and renovation projects. However, like so many others, the COVID-19 pandemic impacted Tim in ways he did not foresee.
As the number of COVID cases started rising across Colorado, Tim saw an increase in cancellations for the work projects he and his family depend on. “COVID came and took over our world,” Tim laments, “No work, no money, more bills.”
Though it was a difficult decision for Tim, a man who’s used to people asking him for help, Tim knew he had to do something to keep his family from becoming homeless.
That’s when he reached out to Home Front Military Network and our case management team.
“It was instant bliss. [HFMN Case Manager] was very helpful. Giving me resources that I didn’t even ask for, ones that she knew I needed or might need. She went above and beyond what she had to do and she never made me feel bad about asking for help. She was just amazing, made me feel really comfortable. She genuinely cared.”
Tim was eligible for HFMN’s financial assistance program and received 2 months of rental assistance.
“It was an instant relief because we were on the verge of being evicted,” Tim adds. “Having a three-year-old daughter, I can’t be homeless. It is not an option. So it was great news, and [the case manager] sounded just as excited as we were.”
Today, Tim’s a lot more optimistic for the future, “Work’s picked up a lot. I knew that I wouldn’t be able to cover what I was behind with. With you guys paying that, I was able to save a little should anything happen.”
When asked what encouragement or advice he would give to other military members or veterans in need, Tim offers this, “Don’t be so damn stubborn. Swallow your pride. Even the toughest of us need help once in a while.”