May 19 at 4:00pm

Interfaith Finds Veteran Family A Home

Natalee Joy Isaac CSS

A Florida native, Natalee was in the Marine Corps for two years and moved to the west coast while stationed at Camp Pendleton. Working in aircraft maintenance, Natalee was responsible for updating files and tracking the logs for each aircraft after maintenance was performed.

After leaving the Marines, Natalee began working at a local grocery store where she met Isaac, who was also working at the store in security. The couple eventually moved in together and had their daughter Joy, who recently celebrated her first birthday. Following her daughter’s birth, Natalee went on unemployment and was referred to Interfaith for housing and nutrition assistance. With the help of their Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) case manager, the family soon moved into their own apartment in Oceanside.

“Without Interfaith we wouldn’t have been able to move into our own place,” said Natalee. “They helped us look for a place and even paid the deposit. Everything happened so quickly.”

Since moving in March 2016, Natalee, Isaac and Joy are enjoying their own one bedroom apartment in Oceanside. Isaac is employed at local biotech company and Interfaith supporter Genentech, and Natalee just earned her cosmetology license and hopes to begin working in a salon soon.

“Where we used to live was just our room,” said Natalee. “Now we have a lot of space for our baby to play and run around. We are so happy.”