Portage county man finds a fresh start with Rent Ready

Following the Super Bowl, Portage County’s Rent Ready program was featured in a news story on WSAW highlighting a family’s journey to a new beginning.

Rent Ready graduate Andrew Lehman wanted to provide a stable home and secure future for his family.

“They definitely give me a lot of purpose, is what I’m finding,” Lehman said.

But as soon as one year ago, his outlook was very different, and with the help of treatment, he turned his life around.

“I had a warrant for me through probation and I just was in the midst of addiction I guess and I was arrested and taken to jail,” he explained. “I really reached out to my family, I really leaned on my probation officer, some social workers, just whatever was there and available to me, I utilized. Instead of just trying to handle everything myself and just internalizing it.”

Though every rental application Andrew turned in was turned down, Rent Ready helped him utilize resources he wasn’t aware existed, securing him a home for his and his children’s future.


Read the entire story from Stella Porter of WSAW here. Transcriptions and quotes are credited to WSAW.

Support HPPP-PC with the My HuTerra App

Support the Hunger and Poverty Prevention Partnership of Portage County by using the My HuTerra app while shopping!

HPPP-PC is pleased to announce we are using the My HuTerra App to raise funds for programming built to prevent hunger and poverty within Portage County.  

By downloading the free and simple My HuTerra app, those who wish to support HPPP-PC are able to raise funds while shopping for everyday needs. This includes being able to visit local stores and shop at over 1,000 stores online.  These stores include Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Macy’s, Sam’s Club and many others!

To support HPPP-PC, follow the instructions below:

  1. Download the “My HuTerra” app.
  2. Type “HPPP-PC” when searching for a fundraiser, or go directly to the fundraiser by clicking here.
  3. Shop at participating local businesses and any of the online stores.
  4. Scan your receipt under the “Scan to Give” section of the app and you’re done!

It’s just that easy! Shop, scan, give!

Below we’ve included an instructional video on the app that explains the program in more detail.

Please help us spread the word and share the news with all of your friends and family!  If they download the app, they can raise funds right along with us, no matter where they live!

Thank you for supporting the Hunger and Poverty Prevention Partnership of Portage County. We look forward to seeing what we can do with HuTerra Rewards, and how it can benefit our community.

Need more information? Visit the HuTerra site here.