Community Shares of Wisconsin“Dean is like a brother to me. He pulled me and my family out of a dark hole.”

When Housing Initiatives’ Executive Director Dean Lumos met Va Chua Vang, he and his family were close to living on the streets. While Va Chua had fought valiantly for the US as a Captain in the Vietnamese War, the small government stipend he was rewarded with upon immigrating to the States lasted only 5 years. Without English skills or opportunities for employment, the Vang family faced instability ahead–that is, until the Housing Initiatives team stepped in and provided the Vang family with a home. With a solid foundation, the family flourished: Va Chua’s son is now a PhD student.

“I feel very blessed to be part of the Housing Initiatives community,” says Va Chua.



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