Ana's Story

Following a move from Nebraska, Ana and her three kids were living in a mobile home with seven other people. It was hot, crowded, and food went fast. Before school started, she heard about FAN and reached out to an advocate who helped with hygiene items, school supplies, clothes, and food for the children.
After working hard and saving up for months, the family moved into an apartment just when the pandemic hit. Ana’s hours at work were reduced and soon, she was unable to pay rent. Ana reached out to her FAN advocate, who helped her raise most of her $1200 rent, and get set up with a Wi-Fi “hotspot,” so that the kids could attend school from home. “I didn’t have anyone I could ask for help,” Ana told the advocate. “Thank you for being there for me and my kids.”

Devon's Story

A high school junior, Devon was living on her own. Her mother was incarcerated, and her ailing father, who she had cared for for five years, had passed away. She moved to Bend, but quickly learned an uncle did not have the space to take her in. Devon was determined to graduate, yet she knew that the stress of homelessness would make it extremely difficult. She learned of FAN and reached out to an advocate who helped get her into a homeless shelter for teens and set her up with health care, food, clothing and school supplies. Devon got a job cleaning motel rooms and enrolled in online school. As her advocate noted, “Devon has suffered more than most kids, yet her resiliency and commitment to hard work will bring her through.” Sure enough, Devon graduated and has plans to go to nursing school.

Tommy's Story

On a cold blustery day, Tommy trudged through the snow in his Crocs, arriving at school with cold, wet feet. His kindergarten teacher noticed him shivering and contacted the FAN advocate, who then reached out to Tommy’s mother. She explained that his little feet were just too wide for regular shoes. Crocs were the only shoes that fit him. Tommy came to the FAN office with a big smile, hoping for a new pair of warm shoes, but after trying on multiple pairs, he sadly left empty handed. The FAN advocate made it her mission to visit every local shoe store that day, finally finding the right size online. When the shoes quickly arrived, Tommy's face lit up. He could finally run and jump freely! His mom said she had never seen him so happy.

The McCoy's Story

The pandemic hit the McCoy family hard. Dad was laid off, and mom’s work hours were significantly reduced. Rent was due soon, and they were afraid of losing their home in the midst of a global health crisis. Also, with school closures, their two children should be learning from home but they couldn’t afford Wi-Fi. They heard about FAN through a friend, and contacted an advocate who was able to work with community partners to help raise funds for rent. Working with a local internet provider, the advocate was also able to establish affordable Wi-Fi so the kids could continue to learn from home. With the support of FAN and our community, the McCoys can breathe a little easier and plan for the future.

Ana's Story

Following a move from Nebraska, Ana and her three kids were living in a mobile home with seven other people. It was hot, crowded, and food went fast. Before school started, she heard about FAN and reached out to an advocate who helped with hygiene items, school supplies, clothes, and food for the children.
After working hard and saving up for months, the family moved into an apartment just when the pandemic hit. Ana’s hours at work were reduced and soon, she was unable to pay rent. Ana reached out to her FAN advocate, who helped her raise most of her $1200 rent, and get set up with a Wi-Fi “hotspot,” so that the kids could attend school from home. “I didn’t have anyone I could ask for help,” Ana told the advocate. “Thank you for being there for me and my kids.”

Tommy's Story

On a cold blustery day, Tommy trudged through the snow in his Crocs, arriving at school with cold, wet feet. His kindergarten teacher noticed him shivering and contacted the FAN advocate, who then reached out to Tommy’s mother. She explained that his little feet were just too wide for regular shoes. Crocs were the only shoes that fit him. Tommy came to the FAN office with a big smile, hoping for a new pair of warm shoes, but after trying on multiple pairs, he sadly left empty handed. The FAN advocate made it her mission to visit every local shoe store that day, finally finding the right size online. When the shoes quickly arrived, Tommy's face lit up. He could finally run and jump freely! His mom said she had never seen him so happy.

Devon's Story

A high school junior, Devon was living on her own. Her mother was incarcerated, and her ailing father, who she had cared for for five years, had passed away. She moved to Bend, but quickly learned an uncle did not have the space to take her in. Devon was determined to graduate, yet she knew that the stress of homelessness would make it extremely difficult. She learned of FAN and reached out to an advocate who helped get her into a homeless shelter for teens and set her up with health care, food, clothing and school supplies. Devon got a job cleaning motel rooms and enrolled in online school. As her advocate noted, “Devon has suffered more than most kids, yet her resiliency and commitment to hard work will bring her through.” Sure enough, Devon graduated and has plans to go to nursing school.

The McCoy's Story

The pandemic hit the McCoy family hard. Dad was laid off, and mom’s work hours were significantly reduced. Rent was due soon, and they were afraid of losing their home in the midst of a global health crisis. Also, with school closures, their two children should be learning from home but they couldn’t afford Wi-Fi. They heard about FAN through a friend, and contacted an advocate who was able to work with community partners to help raise funds for rent. Working with a local internet provider, the advocate was also able to establish affordable Wi-Fi so the kids could continue to learn from home. With the support of FAN and our community, the McCoys can breathe a little easier and plan for the future.