- On October 10, 2016
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Charnita had a difficult childhood, bouncing through the foster care system and never feeling like she had a supportive family. She and her young son recently became homeless after a relative they were staying with asked her to leave. She was placed in a motel for emergency shelter and a case manager with the Auburn Rescue Mission began visiting her there.
Charnita was so motivated to find her own place that she negotiated with a landlord to clean out one of his apartments if she could stay the first few weeks rent-free while she saved up for the next month’s rent. It was not a small job. The trash and decrepit furniture she cleared out filled the front porch. She scrubbed the floors and bathroom, painted the walls, and miraculously transformed a refrigerator blackened with mold into usable condition. She did this all within one week, while working a full-time job and caring for her toddler.
In the Rescue Mission, Charnita says she found a support system she had never had, including supplies for her apartment and rides to the paint store. “They helped me get furniture. They helped me get cleaning supplies. They helped me with everything I needed: dishes, paper towels, toilet tissue, diapers, wipes, towels, rags. I could go on and on,” she says.
Charnita says she loves her retail job. Her wishes for the future revolve around her son: “I want a better life for my child than I had. That’s all I really worry about is giving my son a great life.”