Imagine not having a roof over your head to shelter you from the changing weather. Imagine not having a place to return to after a tiring day at work, imagine not having a place to call home. That was the exact conditions that Ms Sara was put to go through before she eventually found shelter at an organization that provides temporary housing for displaced individuals.
Ms Sara, 53 years old, was rendered homeless after she lost her job due to medical conditions in 2015. With nowhere to go and little financial savings, Ms Sara had no choice but to borrow money to stay in a backpacker’s inn. But as time passes, even backpackers inn became a luxury she could no longer afford. Thankfully, Ms Sara was taken in by a shelter. Though it might get a little overcrowded at times, with as many as 6 occupants in a room, Sara was thankful that she need not fret about accommodation for the time being.
However, she knows that at the end of the day, the shelter only provides temporary housing and that she would soon have to evacuate after half a year. Thus, she decided to apply for a 2 room BTO flat with the amount she earns as a relief security officer. At the age of 53 years old, she had to endure long and irregular working hours throughout the night just to make enough to pay monthly installments for her new flat. Ms Sara’s flat is ready for collection but she was informed that she has a shortfall of $29,000, which she is required to pay before HDB will give her the keys. $29,000 is a huge sum to come up with in a short period of time, so she is currently applying for higher housing loan to reduce her cash payment.
Besides worrying about clearing the housing payment, Ms Sara is also struggling to make ends meet on a daily basis. She has also incurred medical arrears due to her poor health. Ms Sara has no next of kin to turn to and could only rely on herself to make things work.
Thus,ROHI would like to raise S$900.00 to help defray Ms Sara’s living expenses and transportation needs, while she waits for the outcome to move from a shelter, to a place where she can call home.
28 Jun 2018
ROHI's case managers caught up with Sara recently!
When the case managers from ROHI met Sara for her last cheque disbursement, she just ended her overnight shift as a security guard, and did not have any sleep for the past day. Thus, we were pleasantly surprised by her enthusiasm when we met her. Sara informed us that everything in her "dream house" has been pretty much set in place. She is thankful that she is able to afford a house now and no longer has to be homeless or stay in a shelter. Her relationship with her family has also changed for the better and they even sent her some basic furnishing for her new house! Sara is grateful for all that she has today. She also informed us that she is currently using Skills Future credits to further improve her skills as a security guard as she hopes that she will be able to advance in her career as a security guard supervisor one day. She is immensely thankful for all the help that she has received and would like to thank the kind donors for helping her. We are happy for Sara and wish her all the best in her career!
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25 Apr 2018
Sara's first cheque disbursement
ROHI's case managers met Sara recently for her first cheque disbursement! We are happy to hear from her that she has gotten keys to her two room BTO flat. Sara shared with us excitedly that this is her dream house and she was beyond thankful that she will be having her own home soon. She is also immensely thankful to the kind donations from all donors as the amount that you've donated will help her greatly in paying rent for the next couple of months. She will also be using that amount to get a simple bed as the house is an empty shell right now. Nonetheless, Ms Sara is thankful for all the support and remains hopeful towards her future.