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LEAP Helps Single Mom to Secure Housing

LEAP OrganizationClarksville, TN – Through a partnership with Millan Enterprises, the LEAP organization helps to  provide housing to low income single parents who find themselves in dire need of housing. Under this program Clarksville, TN  resident Jil Simpson signed a lease to her new home in the offices of Millan Enterprises on March 9th, 2011. She becomes the second single parent assisted under the LEAP Housing Program.

“Me and my kids were kinda homeless having to stay at various friends homes,” Jil said. “I was referred from child protective services to Flourishing Families who connected me to the LEAP Organization. I am very grateful for all that Calendra and Canadra were able to do for my family and I while we waited on LEAP to be able provide this opportunity great opportunity. The apartment is beautiful and exactly what I need to get back on my feet.”

Jil Simpson signing her new lease in the offices of Milan Enterprises
Jil Simpson signing her new lease in the offices of Milan Enterprises

Calendra Blanks from Flourishing Families outlined their mission,  “Flourishing Families caters to citizens that are homeless and/or low income. We help our clients find shelter and assist with child care. Having recently partnered with LEAP, we are excited about the opportunity to positively impact our community and look forward to being able to assist the next family.”

Simpson will receive the first two months of housing free of charge. The 3rd and 4th month will be $225. With additional assistance provided such as job training, resume writing, and interview technique coaching. The goal is to assist her in becoming self sufficient by the 5th month to take care of her family with limited to no assistance so that LEAP can then reach out to help the next family.

Many other organizations such as Flourishing Families, H.O.P.E., the Emmanuel Family Life Center, First Missionary Baptist Church, the Convenient Shopper, Clarksville Restore, and members of the community have came forward to offer additional assistance in providing the every day items needed for the family to start over, including couches, appliances, cookware, clothing, and other household items.

LEAP founder, Richard “Reason” Garrett said, “I appreciate those that believed in me and this vision that God gave me years ago when I first began to share it. Although fulfilling the vision in its entirety is still a ways off, I count it a blessing to see steps being taken in the right direction to make it manifest. I am excited for this organization and the doors being opened so that we can continue to be a blessing to the city of Clarksville by LEAPing for success through faith, education, and outreach.”

For additional information about LEAP or to apply for its programs please visit www.leaporg.net.

Richard Garrett
Richard Garretthttp://leaporg.net/
City Councilman Richard "Reason" Garrett has gained extensive business knowledge and negotiating skills as the Executive Director of the LEAP Organization.  LEAP Org provides youth development services.  As a licensed realtor for Keller Williams Realty, he is known for his tenacity, perseverance, honesty, and fairness.  A proud APSU alum, Richard graduated with Honors with a Bachelors in Public Management.
Richard is a former active duty Marine, father of 4, and a husband with strong ties to the community. He is a graduate of Leadership Clarksville and a member of Clarksville Rotary, Clarksville Area Ministerial Association, Chamber of Commerce, Clarksville Association of Realtors Public Relations & Charity Relations Committees, and Clarksville Community Partners Group.
For more information on Richard visit www.reason4clarksville.com. He can be contacted directly at 931-378-0500 or via email
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