Number Of Homeless Soars | Petaluma, California | Petaluma360.com
Due to a series of difficult circumstances, this year, Petaluma resident Michael Crider found himself on the brink of homelessness.
“I’m a carpenter, and suffered a hand injury at my job in May of 2010, so my employer let me go. I wasn’t able to find another job, and my disability ran out around last Christmas, so I wasn’t able to pay my rent any more,” he said.
Crider, 46, sought help from the Committee on the Shelterless, which has provided him, his wife and their two children with an affordable apartment through its family transitional housing program.
“Now, I’m feeling much better about things,” he said. “I need to find a job, which is hard to do right now, but I’m confident that things will get back to normal.
“And it helps that I’m close to a circle of friends that I met though the church I attend.”
Crider is one of the 2,000 people who COTS serves annually, but it is facing unparalleled challenges while continuing to fulfill its mission by providing housing, food, counseling, job skills training, health care and other services for people in need.