Stories of Hope
For the month of December 2020, we are sharing stories of hope and inviting you to invest in hope.
December 1, 2020 - Savannah Miller
Savannah Miller is the first voice of CLADC that most people hear.
One of the great joys of working at CLADC is getting to speak with clients. Often, the people who call in are just looking for someone to listen to them. So many people are facing hardships, and have called multiple organizations seeking help. No one that I’ve spoken to has called asking for anything outrageous, they just want to be treated fairly. It’s amazing to get to tell people that CLADC can help them with their issues. And even for those we aren’t able to help, I have seen the power of prayer in offering hope.
Recently, I spoke with a client who has been having ongoing issues in her condo to the point that it is damaging her health. She's been going back and forth with the building for about a year and still there was no change. I told her that one of our volunteer lawyers would be able to help her and offered to pray for her. I reminded her of the truth of God’s character, that He sees her and hears her prayers. I asked that the Father would change the heart of her landlord, to desire to treat her justly and fix the problems in her unit. I prayed that God would protect her from having any more issues with her health as a result of living in that unit. And although her appointment was scheduled for several weeks later, she was encouraged that I was able to listen to her and petition to God on her behalf.
And while she was encouraged by me, I frequently find myself encouraged (sometimes to tears) by clients and their faith in God, that He will act justly. The conversations I have with clients remind me of what Paul wrote in Romans 12:12, Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
That first phone call is the beginning of hope for so many people and it is only the beginning. From here, our clients meet with attorneys in our legal aid clinics and begin digging into their cases. Our clinics are the backbone of our work--the frontline of providing access to justice and sharing the hope of Christ. It takes about $1,500 to conduct one clinic, and we hold 36 each year.
We are praying that before December 31, all 36 of our 2021 clinics will be sponsored. You can donate or pledge your support of $1,500 to sponsor one clinic, or $4,500 for a month of clinics.
December 8, 2020 - Client Story
“To be honest, I really did not think that my record would ever be sealed because this has haunted me for so many years.”
Before coming to CLADC, our client Mr. B did not think he would ever experience freedom from his past, despite having turned away from his mistakes decades ago and dedicating his life to others. Listen to his moving story of hopelessness turned to hope.
Right now CLADC is working on sealing records for 18 people, with 21 more people scheduled for our upcoming clinics. Many of these people were never convicted of the charges, or like Mr. B, have been haunted too long by mistakes in their distant past.
Our clinics are the backbone of our work- the frontline of providing access to justice and sharing the hope of Christ with clients like Mr. B. It takes about $1,500 to conduct one clinic, and we hold 36 each year.
December 16, 2020 - Client Story
“Anna gave me direction and told me what steps I needed to take. She’s the reason why I stopped crying everyday.”
Imagine that for years you’ve had access to safe and affordable housing, but in the middle of a global pandemic you become homeless. What would you do?
This was exactly the situation Ms. H, one of CLADC’s clients, was facing. A landlord told Ms. H he was processing her housing voucher when he stopped returning her calls, leaving her without a place to live. Because it had to be used by a specific date, Ms. H feared that she would lose her voucher altogether which was essential in keeping her in safe housing.
In the midst of this trial, Ms. H attended a CLADC clinic and met with one of our Clinic Directors, Anna over the phone. “Anna gave me direction and told me what steps I needed to take,” said Ms. H. “She’s the reason why I stopped crying everyday”.
Anna stepped in to advocate for Ms. H and worked with two different housing authorities to make sure Ms. H would no longer be at risk because of this landlord's actions. On October 3rd, with her housing voucher secured, Ms. H moved into her new residence and no longer has to fear being on the streets.
“This wouldn’t have been possible without you all” said Ms. H., and she’s right. The work that we do at CLADC isn’t possible without our supporters. When you partner with us, CLADC is able to provide hope for clients like Ms. H.
We have 36 clinics--like the one where Ms. H met Anna--scheduled for 2021. Each clinic costs about $1,500.