Transitions Homeless Center helps those in need get their stimulus checks

Published: Mar. 31, 2021 at 12:00 AM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - As some Americans are still waiting for the latest stimulus check, making sure the money gets to the right place can be even more difficult if you’re experiencing homelessness. Unfortunately for many people, this has been their reality.

In Columbia, Transitions Homeless Center is helping those in need navigate that issue.

Kameisha Heppard is the VP of Programs at Transitions and says they have been helping people experiencing homelessness get their stimulus checks since the first round went out last summer.

“Some of our clients don’t have bank accounts, so they didn’t have the information needed to give to the government to get that direct deposit,” she said. “But again, I have an awesome team of case managers here, social workers, and they helped immediately resolve that problem with clients.”

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At every turn, the Transitions team has helped folks do what needs to be done to access their funds. Heppard says during the pandemic, many have seen just how quickly life can turn upside down.

“We have had clients come to us who needed a bed, who were flourishing before the pandemic,” she said. “We had a man was a restaurant owner. He came, and during the pandemic when everything shut down, his business went under. He didn’t have any family or friend support in Columbia.”

The leaders at Transitions tell WIS they hope people who may be in need won’t let pride hold them back from reaching out if they need help. You can find out more information about Transitions by clicking here.

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