In 2011, a very good friend of the Pantry offered 2 houses for us to use as our first transitional houses. Our hope is to give opportunities to those who are employed but can’t afford a house or apartment. The program allows for a low rent with a sliding scale for utilities to be paid so that the occupant may save money during a 12 – 18 month period. After this time the hope is that they are used to paying everyday expenses and are ready to move back into society into a more permanent type of housing.
In 2013 the Pantry purchased their third house. This house will be used for single women with children, and we recently moved in a single mom and two children. We are hoping that we can also get some case management workers to help our friends in budgeting and being there for any problems that may arise in everyday living.
The Pantry still dreams of building a small duplex that would house single men in the future.