When a Job Readiness program participant needed help to move into a new apartment, Employment Connections Supervisor Melissa Patchell reached out to coworkers and partners for help.
Patchell found out this woman had fled a domestic violence situation with her two children and was in need of basic household furnishings after being accepted into public housing.
"All they had was the clothing that fit in her car, a few blankets and an air mattress that went flat," said Patchell.
Patchell emailed coworkers, including Lead Resource Counselor Naomi Miller, who works in NKADD's Aging and Disability Resource Center. Miller's daughter Sarah Royse rallied her coworkers for donations as well.
NKADD staffers gave a queen-size bed and bedding, more blankets, towels, sheets, pillows, boots, toys and laundry supplies, while Fidelity employees brought a couch, more furniture, dishes, glassware, flatware, lamps, a microwave and coffee maker, toys, a tricycle, books, gift cards as well as other items including professional clothing for mom.
Patchell also reached out on Safety Net, where friends and other community groups donated cleaning supplies and a flat-screen television. St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Newport delivered a kitchen table and chairs.
This community network came together to help this mother build a new start for her family.
Photos - left: Employment Connections Supervisor Melissa Patchell with some of the donations;top: Lauren Hollaender of Fidelity
center: Vicki and Chris Lenhof, with sons Cobe and Cam, members of Erlanger Baptist Church;bottom: Sarah Royse of Fidelity