We Don’t Stop Helping Once They Leave

Karl Hartkemeyer served his country as an Army supply clerk and paratrooper from 1977-1980. He and his wife, Carla, stayed at St. Francis House for several months earlier this year. During that time, he and Carla were able to save money, began dealing with various health issues, and Mr. Hartkemeyer began attending classes at Pulaski Technical College. “St. Francis House is the best program. I’ve been to all sorts of classes and meetings; in fact, I still go to the Wednesday Vet to Vet meeting because it really helps me,” stated Mr. Hartmeyer. “I didn’t think everyone would be that close,” added his wife, “But everyone was so friendly, and all the residents help each other out.”

When the couple left St. Francis House, they were not able to get a HUD/VASH voucher, so money was very tight. SSVF support was able to help with some things, but the couple only qualifies for limited assistance from that program. . However, the new case management program is keeping the Hartkemeyers moving forward, and Social Services is also there to help with food and clothing. “With St. Francis House help, we’re getting to all our appointments and working on getting more permanent transportation help. We’re also looking at moving into a new apartment that will be closer to all our doctors and to school. We’re getting good at budgeting and finding ways to save money. St. Francis House continues to help us out.”