Discovering Empowerment Through Running: How Each Step Fuels My Advocacy for Homeowners in Foreclosure

Nov 1, 2023 | Debt, Foreclosure

One cloudy afternoon, I hit the pavement for a run expecting an ordinary workout.

Instead, this physical challenge transformed into a powerful catalyst for my work as a foreclosure defense attorney.

As I ran, I really observed the houses along the streets. With each step, I couldn’t help but imagine the stories of each family inside—are they financially sound or in turmoil? 

During my homeward-bound stretch, a solitary figure sitting on a park bench with their head buried in their hands caught my attention. The weight of defeat and life’s circumstances seemed to envelop them.

Driven by curiosity, I took a detour. Unknowingly, I set myself on a course that would forever change my perspective on the fight against foreclosure.

Reflecting on my transformative journey as a foreclosure defense attorney and financial advocate, three key points stand out:

1) Understanding the Human Side

Foreclosure encompasses various processes, each tailored to specific situations. From mortgage foreclosure to tax foreclosure, water/sewer lien foreclosure, and judgment lien foreclosures, the reasons for defaulting on loan payments are diverse and often beyond an individual’s control.

Homeowners experiencing foreclosure commonly shoulder undue self-blame, feeling responsible for their circumstances and fearing the loss of their hard-earned achievements. Confronted by these challenges, they may reach a point where they believe they can’t progress any further and come to a standstill.

My immersion in the running world taught me how to keep moving when I hit a wall. It also taught me that I, like my homeowner clients, deserve empathy and compassion when things get tough. This deeper understanding allowed me to forge deep connections with homeowners in varying situations, enabling me to offer help and the right guidance to fight for their homes.

2) Resilience in Motion

Running is the epitome of resilience. With each stride, we can celebrate resilience, allowing it to teach us that even in the face of obstacles, moving forward is not just possible, but essential.

This resilient spirit translates into my role as a foreclosure defense attorney. Every step I take on the pavement ignites my determination and unwavering commitment to fight for homeowners’ rights—and it gives me the strength to see that fight through.

In my clients’ darkest moments, I’ve become a beacon of hope, providing them with the strength to overcome adversity.

3) Empowering through Advocacy

Running empowers me. And through my advocacy, I empower homeowners facing foreclosure. By sharing their stories, fighting for their rights, and offering guidance and support, I’ve become a voice for those who felt voiceless.

Running and advocacy go hand in hand. Both require strength, commitment, and the belief that every step forward makes a meaningful difference.

As I approached the person on the bench in the park, I knew deep down that I held the power to change their life. With a genuine desire to help, I offered my support. What mattered most was that they felt heard, understood, and empowered to take control of their situation.


Understanding the Importance of an Experienced Foreclosure Defense Attorney

In any legal proceeding, the presence of a seasoned attorney is crucial, but in the case of foreclosure, it becomes imperative.

Foreclosure is a swift and intricate legal process entailing numerous regulations, laws, and procedures that homeowners may not fully grasp. Having an experienced foreclosure defense attorney by their side ensures homeowners that they are in capable and knowledgeable hands.

An experienced foreclosure defense attorney can help homeowners in several ways, such as:

  • Providing an overview of the process and its impact on homeowners
  • Investigating potential alternatives to prevent foreclosure, such as loan modification
  • Developing a robust defense strategy with the highest likelihood of preserving the home
  • Advocating for homeowners’ rights in legal proceedings
  • Offering ongoing financial guidance and support throughout and after the process

Running has evolved beyond mere exercise for me. It has become a wellspring of inspiration, reminding me of the immense strength we all possess.

Just as I find solace and empowerment in every step, I extend that same feeling to homeowners facing foreclosure.

Recovering from foreclosure is not easy. But with the right guidance and support, homeowners can regain control of their lives and begin new journeys. They can rebuild their credit, find a new home, and plan for a more stable financial future.

Are the pressures of foreclosure weighing you down or impacting someone you care about? You don’t need to struggle alone. Reach out to me so we can explore solutions, craft a strategy, and alleviate the weight.

I am here to be your advocate, listen to your story without judgment, and provide the support you need to make informed financial decisions.

In my experience, I’ve seen how the power of empathy, compassion, and unwavering support can transform lives. I’ve seen how running and advocacy go hand in hand—both requiring determination, commitment, and the belief that every step forward makes a difference.

By sharing the stories of those affected by foreclosure, fighting for their rights, and providing guidance and support, we can positively impact homeowners facing uncertainty.

Reach out to me today, and let’s fight for your home, rights, and financial well-being.

Together, we can make a difference.

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I’ll talk to anyone who is currently behind on their mortgage, thinks they may not be able to afford their mortgage in the coming months, or is already in foreclosure. The earlier we talk, the more options you have.

… Sarah Poriss.

Sarah Poriss, Attorney at Law, LLC is the largest woman-owned foreclosure defense law firm in Connecticut, providing homeowners with quality legal counsel in foreclosure mediation and foreclosure defense.

Working at Consumer Law Group in Rocky Hill, Connecticut for four years, Sarah specialized in representing consumers facing financial crises like debt collection harassment and identity theft. Upon opening her own office, she expanded her focus to defending consumers sued by credit card companies and representing homeowners in foreclosure.

Sarah has elevated her practice by exclusively representing clients with money issues. She played a crucial role in drafting foreclosure mediation rules as a member of Connecticut’s Bench-Bar Foreclosure Committee for seven years.

Additionally, she contributed to the Bench-Bar Small Claims Committee to enhance clarity in small claims proceedings and ensure debt collectors provide substantial evidence to win cases.

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