Family Promise program takes new approach on homelessness

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Kimberly Woods, an advocate for Family Promise, left, works with Ashley Moniz on a financial literacy program Wednesday morning in Helena.

THOM BRIDGE, Independent Record Phil Drake

Ashley Moniz had fallen on hard times.

The father of her child died of a heart attack in front of her very eyes after they had just moved to Helena. She said his family prevented her from retrieving her belongings, leaving her without a Social Security card or driver’s license.

“I had nothing but a baby when I came here,” the 35-year-old Moniz said Wednesday as she sat in the offices of Family Promise. “These ladies saved my life.”

She is now participating in a new program offered by Family Promise that focuses on homelessness prevention and diversion. Moniz now has a part-time job with UPS that she said pays her $19 an hour and an apartment. And she now has her Social Security card and ID.

Family Promise, which helps homeless families through temporary shelter, food and essential services, launched the new program

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