From Homeless to Homeowner

From Homeless to Homeowner

Tesheema “We were being evicted for the third time and it really hit me when my young son started dancing around the room with excitement when he saw the U-Haul pull up. I realized then that he remembered it from the last two times and I knew then that something had to change.” Tesheema and…

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94 Days of Homelessness

94 Days of Homelessness

Angela On June, 19, 2018 Angela lost her home. She was in the final stages of a divorce and her 12- year old daughter went to spend the summer with her father. Angela and her two youngest children moved in with an out of state family member until she could find a job and get…

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A House of Dreams

A House of Dreams

Jennifer Jennifer was studying criminal justice at Penn State when she had to drop out because she could not pay her tuition. She packed her bags and moved to Atlanta live with an uncle. After 3 months, she realized it was not safe for her to live there and she had to move again. With…

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When Eviction Strikes

When Eviction Strikes

Melissa Short-term stay hotels fill up fast, and the rooms may not turn over. And when eviction is right around the corner, that seems like the only option. It was winter when, Melissa, a 35-year-old single mom of three children reached out to a SVdP Conference in Atlanta. During the first phone call, the SVdP…

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Restarting Her Life

Restarting Her Life

Patricia “All my life I have been a caregiver,” said Patricia.  She owned a home with her husband and took care of her daughter who has Asperger’s Syndrome. After her husband’s death 10 years ago, she was exhausted but threw herself into her work as a network operations professional.  “I had trouble setting limits”, she…

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A Home of Her Own

A Home of Her Own

Lauren Most of us dread moving day but Lauren and her two daughters could hardly wait for the day to arrive. They had been living with a family member as Lauren’s paycheck was stretched to the limit with copays and deductibles for her youngest child’s autism care. When they got the chance to move into…

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Sheltered in the Suburbs

Sheltered in the Suburbs

Serena “I had to choose between my husband and the safety of my children”, says Serena when asked how she became homeless. “It was awful. We were living in my car. I had to take my 3 children into the bathroom at Walmart each morning to wash them up before taking them to school.”  During…

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Broken Not Defeated

Broken Not Defeated

Wendy Wendy is a single mom who called her local conference for help with rent after being let go from her job for excessive absences. Her son had been recently diagnosed with stage 3 cancer and she missed a lot of work taking him for treatments and caring for him at home. Wendy was dealing with…

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Single With No Support

Single With No Support

Sandra Sandra thought she had “made it”. She was living in a nice apartment with her husband and their two boys. She was proud of their home and the envy of her extended family “back home”. Then her husband left and moved in with another woman and everything fell apart. He refused to pay child…

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A Sister’s Love

A Sister’s Love

Juanita What would you do for your sister? How much would you sacrifice? For Juanita, there is nothing she would not do to take care of her family.  Her sister was beaten and left for dead by her husband, who then murdered their youngest child. Juanita still has nightmares about that night and her eyes…

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Family of 7 in Hotel

Family of 7 in Hotel

Henry It was 3:00 on a Saturday afternoon when SVdP received a call from a neighbor who was about to become homeless. Henry had a wife and five children -the youngest was just 10 months old. He had been working in a local restaurant for $12/hour and his wife was unable to work due to…

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