DORA – Alison Shubert tends to tear up when she talks about the Mission of Hope in and the work they do in the surrounding communities. Shubert had hit rock bottom, but Lori Abercrombie and the …
DORA – Alison Shubert tends to tear up when she talks about the Mission of Hope in and the work they do in the surrounding communities. Shubert had hit rock bottom, but Lori Abercrombie and the volunteers at the Mission of Hope helped her get back on track.
About six months ago, Shubert got into a bad situation where her landlord was taking her money but not applying it towards her rent. “It looked like I wasn’t paying my rent,” Shubert said. “We became homeless. When we came home one day, there were padlocks on the doors."
Shubert has an 8-year-old special needs child who is autistic and non-verbal. Her ex-husband wasn’t helping much.
She did not reach out to her family or friends for help when she first started having problems.
“It was kind of a pride thing. I was embarrassed that I’d gotten myself in the situation I was in," she said. "I didn’t necessarily put myself in this situation, but there were things I could have done to prevent me from getting to that point. I had nothing to my name but my car.”
She and her son Sawyer were sleeping on the couches of friends before getting into an apartment in Cordova. It was then someone told her about the Mission of Hope.
When she went down there that day, the Mission of Hope Executive Director Lori Abercrombie and volunteers began helping. The mission helped her with personal needs like blankets for her apartment. They also started helping her search for a job.
Shubert managed to get a part-time job at a local restaurant. She had no clothes to wear, so she called the Mission of Hope. “Ms. Lori said, 'Come on by the mission. I’ve got you, girl,'" she said.
Shubert left that day with shoes, and all the clothes she would need to start her new job. It was a start, but the position had no flexibility when her son had issues. She found another job as a waitress with flexibility, but her first paycheck bounced.
One day on her way home, a Dora policeman pulled her over because of her tag. Officer Tim Brand knew Shubert’s situation and told her about an opportunity with the Regional Paramedic Service (RPS).
She immediately started working on an application for a job. She didn’t have access to the internet, so her mother, who lives in Minnesota, filled out the application and submitted it for Shubert. Within a few days, she received notification from RPS to go and take a drug test. After that, she started classes to be certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
While she was in training, her power got cut off, and she was about to get evicted because she didn’t have a paycheck. Shubert got emotional as she told about what happened next. Abercrombie made some calls.
“Every time my bus (ambulance) would stop, I’d call Ms. Lori and give her an update. She prayed with me,” she said.
Abercrombie told her that it would be taken care of and that Shubert and her young son would be fine. As it turns out, they were.
She is now a part-time basic life support driver for RPS. She starts emergency medical training in May. RPS also provides a path up the career ladder for employees. In August, Shubert will have the opportunity for a promotion. Her goal is to be a flight medic and to help others.
She has learned through her work that her story was not unique. The Mission of Hope has helped many people, according to Shubert. She’s met people while making calls with RPS. “I’ve also sent patients to the Mission of Hope,” she said.
“I felt like I was being run over by the world,” she said, adding that the Mission of Hope helped turn her life around. She was able to build up her confidence which is something she has never had before, according to Shubert.
“Sometimes that’s all you need to hear. God can give you all the confidence in the world, but if you don’t believe it, it’s not there. That’s what these ladies do. They build your confidence up,” she said, noting they give hope to those who feel they don’t have any.