We’ve heard so many heart-wrenching stories about families being torn apart, I thought that we could use a story about a family that stayed together against all odds. What makes this even sweeter? You all helped keep them together.
Many of you all are familiar with our family with 2 sets of twins and a toddler. If you aren’t, please check out this blog from March 2018 to read their story and how immediate their needs were at that time. Our family had been staying at a local mission and were coming up to the end of their stay, which at that time, if they had nowhere else to go, CPS would be called and the children taken away from their parents, leaving Mom and Dad both homeless on the streets. Through the power of Love, we were able to get them accepted into a program with Family Promise, here in Wake County, but it was going to be a while before they could start. We had to intervene.
Several selfless gifts from folks who support our work, allowed them to live in a long-stay hotel for a month and have regional bus passes. They got to work on getting all of their appointments lined up in preparation to enter the program. Five car seats are VERY DIFFICULT to move, and it took me calling in all of the favors to get them moved out of the mission into the hotel. Before we secured a safe place for them to be, it was very scary. I stayed up, worried. The family was worried every second that something bad would happen. Luckily, we were able to keep them safe until they entered the program.
We called in favors again and got them moved into Family Promise as soon as they had an opening. Dad found work, and things were looking up. Everyone thought that things would be okay. Mom was still nursing tiny babies and they were relying on Dad’s paycheck to make it though the program. Then we hit a big bump in the road, and Dad got arrested. Mom was alone with 5 kids at the tail-end of an 8 week program with no job of her own. She called me in tears. They had come so far, and now it was just like starting over. I helped her pack up some things to exit the program, and a church friend of hers was able to get her and 3 of the 5 kids to a hotel room while our friend, Amanda kept the tiny babies for us. We had to figure out a plan, the room was only for 1 night.
I arrived at the family day center the next day and started calling hotels. It was graduation weekend, and every hotel was maxed to capacity and the ones that weren’t were charging premium rates. Then another person at the day center reminded me of a long stay hotel that was a little further out than most and might now have hiked their rates. I called, and with $100 that a friend gave me, got them a room for two nights. We packed all 3 kids, Mom and her stuff in a tiny Fiat, and I drove them to the hotel.
When we got there, it was actually less expensive to rent a room by the week, so even though we didn’t have the money, I decided to go ahead and do it and ask the Universe for forgiveness later. Mom settled in, and Pastor Hugh wrote about what we were doing on Facebook. You all came to the rescue like troopers!!! Individual donors stepped up and paid for the room until the end of the month!!! The family had been accepted into a program called “Passage Home” that helps people find places to live that they can afford, we just needed to keep them safe and together until a unit was found.
I’m proud to say that I got a phone call yesterday, and they did it! They signed the lease on their townhouse yesterday through Passage Home and the lights are being turned on today. Mom was a success. She is taking classes in administrative work so that she can secure a good job so that she and her family will never fall through the cracks again!
Here’s what I want to do. She’s given me permission to come over, do some Facebook Live about their journey, and show you all the house!!! I’ll get a list of some furniture and such that they need, and then we’ll load it all up to the YouTube channel, and I’ll post the link back on this blog so that future readers get to see it too. I’m so proud of our family and I’m so proud of you all!!! If you would like to donate towards us being able to keep other families from being separated because of homelessness, click here to help someone in your community that really needs a hand up.