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 support for the boys and left her holding a lease she could no longer afford. She earns $1500/month as a veterinary assistant and her rent was $1384. We helped her with rent assistance and Christmas gifts for her boys in addition to helping her create a plan for her future. She moved into a less expensive apartment, got a second job she can work from home, and visits a local food pantry monthly to stretch her budget. She now has a lawyer working to get her child support payments.
“My boys keep me going”, she says. “They are everything to me.”