On February 29, 2016, weather forecasters were predicting a record-breaking overnight snowstorm. On her way home, a local crossing guard noticed a mother with a newborn sitting on a park bench and 3 small children sitting at her feet, covered with blankets.
Whoever you are, when disaster strikes, you need help. Recently, a young mother with two toddlers lost nearly everything in a house fire. She and her children escaped the fire unharmed but with nothing except the pajamas they were wearing. As she watched their home burn, she feared for her small family. Had they just become homeless and alone?
Families with children are the fastest-growing segment of the homeless population, making up almost 50% of those who are experiencing homelessness in Kent County. Family Promise partners with families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless by helping them get back on their feet so they can create a stable lifestyle for their children.
Maya came to Women’s Resource Center in crisis and facing homelessness. In the year prior to her first visit, she had escaped from an emotionally and physically abusive marriage. She was now a single mom of two young children and was determined to make a better life for her family.
Due to an illness that required a kidney transplant and dialysis, Don found himself more than $45,000 in debt and was forced to take out a second mortgage on his family’s home to pay the costs of his health care. He and his wife struggled to make ends meet for 4 years, until their septic system broke down.
Hailey was born fighting for her life. Diagnosed with athetoid cerebral palsy, she was dependent on oxygen and feeding tubes early on just to survive. Over the next four years, Hailey continued to struggle with some of the most innate and crucial parts of physical life.
While in Financial Opportunity Services, one participant realized that though she was very generous towards others, she was giving little regard to her own finances. After several months of discussions with her Financial Coach around the topic of emergency savings, she started saving and “paying herself first.”
After five years in prison, Kelly exited seeking to rebuild her life and find work that would allow her to be economically self-sufficient. Kelly quickly discovered that there are very few employers willing to give a second chance to someone with a record within the criminal justice system.