Snohomish County organization finds homes for those in need with donated trailers

A Snohomish County-based organization was tired of waiting for outside help and answers while it worked to find housing for those in need, so it took action itself.

The Connection to angelic resources is an organization that works to serve the homeless with food, clothing, and housing resources, as well as kindness.

For a little over a year, the group has been working on its Moving Forward Program.

“We were so frustrated with the whole way we were trying to get people into housing. Trying to get a housing voucher can take three to five years,” Penelope Protheroe said.

Protheroe is the founder and president of Angel Resource Connection. She says she saw an opportunity open up that would streamline the process.

Protheroe says they were able to secure a trailer for someone who was homeless and bring the trailer to a mobile home park.

“The owner gave us seven days to put a trailer on it, and within an hour a trailer was given to us when we posted on social media,” she said.

In just over a year, Protheroe says they were able to house seven different families.

Families like Courtney Weber and Dakota Moody.

“It was amazing. It was a total change in all of our behaviors. I can definitely say in all of our health and everything, of course. Being able to breathe better, being able to open the windows and see the sun and everything, it was wonderful It’s truly a blessing,” Weber said.

Weber says she and her partner and their baby had a rough start to the year. They had to find new accommodation and quickly.

Weber says she works full-time at a grocery store, but still, things looked dire.

“I think our options would have been a homeless shelter or separation,” she said.

Protheroe says she was able to find a new home for the young family, connecting with a woman who had a trailer she was looking to donate.

“I wanted to give it to someone who would use it and need it, and the viola, there it is,” Olivia Bergan said.

Bergan faced heartbreak this year when her husband passed away. For months, his trailer sat unused in Bergan’s driveway.

Now that’s where Weber and his family live.

“It’s truly a blessing what they’ve done for us,” Wever said.

Protheroe says the people receiving the trailers must be able to afford the monthly rent for where the trailers are parked. Families must also be drug-free.

The trailers that are donated must be in good condition, that is, they must be safe, free of mold and working properly.

Protheroe says she has a long list of people looking to find housing through the Moving Forward program.

She says Angel Resource Connection is looking for anyone interested in donating a trailer to contact them.

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Aubrey L. Morgan