Columbia,SC (WLTX) - Transistions is a new organization in the Midlands hoping to end homelessness.
"Rather than just trying to put a band aid on homelessness. They are really working to help people transition into a better life," said Sue Thayer.
Transitions mission is a bold one, to end homelessness in the Midlands. Chief Operating Officer, Craig Currey says it starts one person at a time.
"Each person that comes in here is different and special and they need help," said Currey.
People like Shelena who was homeless earlier this year.
"Basically needed to get back on our feet. We needed a place to stay, trying to find secure income and just the extra necessities that we needed," said Shelena.
Shelena and a friend heard about the program and made a call, from that moment on, her life has changed.
"I was able to talk to the counselors and get out there and I was able to get a job," said Shelena.
She's now a safety ambassador for City Center Partnership in downtown Columbia.
"I really do believe that God wanted me here and he opened the door for me to be here so without Transitions I don't know where I would be at."
In one year the program has helped more than 2,000 people. from that number 515 have moved from homelessness to a more positive living situation.
"Someone is helping me at Transitions and I am able to be positive and help give back to others. "
The program provides short term and long term housing, counseling and counselors to help people find jobs among other things.
"I am fortunate enough and grateful to be here and have the resources for me to go out here and be the best I can be."
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