A mom and her daughter were evacuated from New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. They ended up on a bus to Washington, D.C., where they were referred to Carrie Simon House. Since she and her daughter arrived with virtually nothing, generous volunteers donated new clothes and baby supplies to them. During their stay at Carrie Simon House, the mother was able to attend GED classes and pass her high school equivalency exam.
While residents in the Carrie Simon House, three young mothers were provided safe driving lessons, and each ultimately earned her DC Driver’s License.
With help from her mentor and case manager, one young mother applied for and received scholarship funding to attend St. Paul’s College in Virginia. A Carrie Simon volunteer drove her and her child to Virginia and helped get them set up in their new housing off campus. She is now on full scholarship and getting straight A’s.
When a resident became eligible for a subsidized apartment, Carrie Simon House was able to loan her money for her security deposit, help her purchase items for the apartment, and move her things there.