After Hope’s first semester at Piedmont Virginia Community College in 2011, her life spiralled out of control. She was stressed out and turned to drugs as a coping mechanism. Hope dropped out. She started working on different jobs while still using drugs. She got her license suspended a few times.
Hope was clean for two years after family treatment court, had two daughters, and was living with her parents. Unfortunately, she had a relapse the month after her second daughter was born. Her parents had temporary custody while she was sleeping on a friend’s couch. Thankfully, she was accepted as a resident of George’s Healing House and started getting back on her feet by going to NA meetings and staying clean. Hope secured a job at Pearl’s Bake Shop where someone told her about The Fountain Fund.
Hope called Carl to get her license reinstated after a few years without it. Theoretically, she could have gotten her license back by setting up payment plans on her own to pay off $2,000. However, it would have been extremely difficult to get the payments together and take those payments to three separate courts every month without a car and a license. Thankfully, The Fountain Fund streamlined the process.
Paul and Carl helped Hope get a loan to suit her personal needs and abilities. After closing, Carl picked Hope up and personally took her to the DMV, paid off the courts, and paid the reinstatement fee to get her license that day. Paul’s financial counseling built up Hope’s confidence in her abilities to manage her life and take steps towards a hopeful future.
Hope is able to make her “simple, easy payments” to The Fountain Fund every month while accomplishing other goals. Since receiving her loan, Hope studied dental assisting at Catech and has just begun a new fulltime job. The Fountain Fund continues to be an integral source of support for Hope a year later. “I’m just so grateful that I know you guys because as long as I know I have you guys in my corner, I know everything else will be OK.”