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Open Door Ministries conducting re-housing program in High Point

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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Medina Lewis became homeless when her employer cut her hours. Despite losing her home, Lewis remained positive.

"People will help you if they see you are helping yourself," she said.

Open Door Ministries of High Point Executive Director Steve Key saw Lewis' positive spirit and knew she would be ideal for rapid re-housing program.

"If you got the motivation and drive and want to do it, this program will get them get into housing," he said.

Rapid re-housing is designed to quickly move individuals or families from homeless shelters to permanent housing. Federal funds are used to cover home startup cost like first and last month's rent and utility deposits. Also a case worker builds a relationship with the client to make sure they keep their job and pay monthly household bills.

Open Door Ministries helped 45 families and individuals last year. Only two returned to homelessness. Bennita Curtain is the housing resources coordinator at Open Door Ministries of High Point. Curtain feels rapid re-housing works because clients don't want to lose what they have.

"When they are in their own place, no one wants to lose that," she said.

Lewis agrees.

"I don't want to look like a failure in her eyes at all,” she said. “Open Door Ministries went out on a limb for us."