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Annie’s Story  (August 2023)

It was a hot summer day when Annie and her two young children showed up on the Family Promise doorsteps. She had spent the last of her money for an Uber ride to our day center. We could not turn them away in the heat we were having that day. They had no transportation and nothing but the clothes on their backs. They were hot, hungry and the children had soiled diapers. Annie asked us if she could use our restrooms to change diapers and get cleaned up.

What Annie shared with us next is that she was homeless because she was leaving a relationship that was not healthy for her and her two young babies. She needed help in navigating this very scary new territory so she could create the quality of life that her children deserved. Like many of the guest families we serve, her extended family was not able to help; it was just her and her children now.

We knew we needed to do something for Annie, but our shelter was full. With funds from our Emergency Response program and a collaborated effort with The Grove Way Community Group we have been able to secure a hotel room, essential items such as food, diapers, clothing, medical costs, job coaching and transportation for the past several weeks.

Our family advocate, Wanda Hunter, has been with her every step of the way providing case management and resources. Most of all, Wanda has empowered this young mother to reach the goals set in place for her to succeed. We are excited to announce that Annie has gone through the interview process with The Mary Hall Freedom House, an agency that provides transitional living for single mothers and their children. Annie is waiting for her apartment to be available in the next couple weeks and we look forward to watching her continue her journey.

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