Kerry-Jo and Sam

Kerry Jo was supported with a grant from the Vicar’s Relief Fund supported by Sam, Housing Support Worker from Target Sheffield.

“My bills were just coming in and building up and Sam helped me with that. He was on my case to make sure I did it. Without him I’d have put them in a cupboard and thought ‘I can’t do this’.”

Kerry-Jo has overcome many battles to be where she is today. After a turbulent period in her life she suffered a mental breakdown and found herself homeless. For a while, she lived with family or friends and even spent some nights sleeping in her car.

“Everything just went wrong and when you’re at that point you just feel that there’s no way out of it and you’re going to feel and be like that for ever… You don’t know that there’s people out there that can help.”

Reaching crisis point, Kerry-Jo spent several weeks in a respite centre and whilst there she contacted her local council for support. Eventually, Kerry-Jo was put into contact with the housing association Target Sheffield, which is where she met Housing Support Worker, Sam Keen.

Through many small but valuable acts of support, Sam provided Kerry-Jo with the help that she needed to find a home of her own and build a life for herself. When Sam identified a property for Kerry-Jo and took her to visit it, he then applied for a grant from the Vicar’s Relief Fund (VRF) so they could secure the property. He was there after she moved in too – to check she was managing the household bills and see how things were going.