Rising from the Ashes

March 23, 2018 | Success Stories

Given a hypothetical situation, people may speculate about what treasured personal items they’d save from a burning building, but Maya and her family didn’t have the luxury of making those choices when a devastating fire destroyed their home. The only possessions spared were items they’d left in their car when …

Home is Where You Find It

July 7, 2017 | Success Stories

Zac and Lasandra Clayton were living in Douglasville, Georgia, with their six young children in a house that was literally falling apart. The landlord refused to make repairs and their home became essentially uninhabitable. It was no place for children. Additionally, the neighborhood was beset with problems and the Claytons …

Coming Full Circle

September 8, 2016 | Success Stories

Candice Stewart-Fife Nearly 23 years ago, Candice Stewart-Fife gave birth to her first daughter in the Family Promise program. In what could have been her darkest hour, Candice encountered overwhelming tenderness, and was not alone. Today, the native of Union County is offering new life for families experiencing homelessness as …

Building a New Life off the Reservation

May 2, 2016 | Success Stories

Holly and Raymond Bixby found themselves in a desperate situation—unable to provide for their family with no place in their community to turn for help. Holly and her oldest daughters. As the result of a back injury and subsequent surgery in 2014, Raymond was unable to return to his job …

A Pennsylvania Family Builds a New Life

January 25, 2016 | Success Stories

Time was running out for Kristina Lucas and her four children, then ages 2, 5, 10 and 12. The family was staying in a homeless shelter that enforced a 15-day limit. Before that, for a few months, she had lived with family members, who could no longer make room for …

From Homeless to a Seat on the Board

June 2, 2015 | Success Stories

Amanda Lane thought her sister-in-law’s offer to house her family when they relocated to Bristol, Virginia was too good to be true. Her sister-in-law said she would provide for her family until Amanda and her husband found jobs in the area. Lane’s instincts were right. After relocating from an economically …

A Family Promise Homecoming

April 9, 2015 | Success Stories

Ten years ago, Sarai Williams walked into the Denver Interfaith Hospitality Network with a newborn baby. She had been living in a shelter that only allowed a 30-day stay, and, quickly approaching the end of her month there, she spotted the Affiliate on a resource list. The visit changed her …

A New Life in New Jersey

April 1, 2015 | Success Stories

Danielle Carter never liked asking for help. “I was so used to people not caring and being self-absorbed,” she says. She was also inclined to solve problems on her own. But that changed when she and her year-old son found themselves homeless in Paterson, N.J.   Carter was married, working …

Finding a Home for Her Sons

April 1, 2015 | Success Stories

If Theresa Gates could use one word to describe herself, it would be “mom.” “Since my children were born, I have defined myself as a mother before and above any other role,” said Theresa, who has three teenage sons. “I dedicated myself to raising my children in the most caring, …

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