Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Success Stories: Paul and Louise

One of the greatest motivations at Origin SC are the stories of clients, who have gone through our programs, and found themselves in a better place than where they began. These are the stories of Paul and Louise, both clients from our Homelessness Prevention Department.


Paul Kulp, a client of the Housing Stability department, was experiencing homelessness with nowhere to go. He lived in Pennsylvania before returning to South Carolina where he eventually slept anywhere he could. This led to him staying with some people who took advantage of him. Origin stepped in and worked to get him into One80 Place, but he was unable to stay due to having personal issues with another resident at the shelter. We placed him in a hotel to prevent him from sleeping outdoors, then, we used the Emergency Solutions Grant to place him in his own apartment and gave him a few months of assistance to help him get on his feet. Paul has now been stably housed since August 2016 and is very happy with his place.


Louise McCray was one of the first people to be taken out of tent city by Origin SC. She experienced homelessness for several years with no income to support herself; she was the perfect candidate for Lease on Life, a program that provides permanent supportive housing to chronically homeless individuals. She has been stably housed since February 2016 and has been approved for her supplemental security income benefits so that she is now able to contribute towards her rent and utilities. She is very happy with her apartment, and she is doing extremely well since being housed. She is truly a success story!
Sponsor Louise, Paul, and others in the Housing Stability program this Fall! Donations made here will go directly to helping our clients this Holiday season! We will also be accepting gifts of unopened hygiene and home essential items for Paul and Louise. Please email Katie to coordinate.

You can also personally wish Paul and Louise a Happy Holidays by submitting your Holiday wishes for them via a 30-second video. Video submissions should be in .MP4 or .MOV file format and emailed to
Gabri-EL with the subject: “Holiday Wishes!”

Please complete this form prior to submitting videos. Submissions will be accepted until December 16th.

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