‘I never gave up hope’
The family found a light in October 2017, when they were placed in Bell Bridge Housing, a rehabilitative housing program that helps families hone basic living skills. The program operates under Bell Socialization Services and receives financial support from the United Way of York County’s Community Fund.
From the get-go, Latoya Markle, a mental health case manager for Bell Socialization Service, helped the couple create a set of goals — everything from Ken getting his driver’s license and a car to finding the proper schooling for the children.
It was a challenge, but as the Schrums spent months in the program, they began to check items off their list.
“It felt like we were finally getting somewhere,” Holly says. “I never gave up hope. We were able to get a stable income, and it got us a foot in the door with getting somewhere in life.”
Bell Socialization was behind them the whole time, like training wheels on a bike.
“They were a support system when we needed it,” Holly says. “I felt prepared when I left the program. As long as you followed the rules, the guidelines, and had open communication, they were there.”