- On May 31, 2017
Candice and her two young daughters, ages 4 and 7, found themselves homeless after they could no longer stay with an aunt they had been living with.
They lived in a motel for a month before coming to the Rescue Mission seeking help. The Mission then placed them in transitional housing while waiting for one of 28 newly constructed housing units to be completed.
At the recent ribbon cutting for these new permanent and transitional units, built for local families and women who have experienced homelessness, the Rescue Mission’s Chief Executive Officer, Alan Thornton, said, “No person should ever have to experience domestic violence, and no family should ever have to experience the crisis of homelessness and hunger. But when that happens, the community response should be to wrap our collective arms around them, love them, care for them and help get them on the road to recovery as quickly as possible.”
Today, after years of shuffling between relatives’ homes and motel rooms, this young family is benefitting from those collective loving arms and is now finally living in their own two-bedroom apartment. Candice said, “Living here means a lot to me and my family. Everyone at the Rescue Mission has been incredible. They have been there for us, no matter what we needed. I don’t know what I would have done without them.”
With a place to call a home of their own, Candice and her daughters are now able to flourish. For the first time in years, Candice is able to look beyond fighting for life’s basic needs for her children and can actually think about the future. She said, “I’m going back to school and getting my GED, and then I plan to go to college.”
As Candice watched her daughters at the kitchen table gleefully chatting with each other while they drew and colored pictures, she said, “Words can’t describe what it means to me to see the smiles on their faces.”