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Nonprofits Help In Tough Economy

Kimberly Genereaux's outlook was bleak when she moved to Coeur d'Alene two years ago, she said, homeless and a drug addict. Then she entered a St. Vincent de Paul program, and things started to change. The nonprofit offered Genereaux housing and employment, even a case manager to help her save for a deposit on her own Coeur d'Alene apartment. "They make sure you're not going to end up back on the streets," Genereaux said. Now two years clean, the 54-year-old pays her own rent. She earns a steady paycheck as cleaning crew supervisor for SVDP. For the first time in a while, she said, she is paying for her own way in life. "It's just the most awesome feeling. I just dug down deep and knew I could do it," Genereaux said. "I told (SVDP) I was going to be a success story for them, and I meant it." No one can say nonprofits aren't kicking in their share/Alecia Warren, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Have you or your family ever been helped by a nonprofit organization? Anything you'd like to share?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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