From Homelessness to Hope

August 17, 2023

Julia* and her children first found themselves facing homelessness when Julia left an abusive relationship.  

Some time later, with the help of loved ones and a new, supportive partner, Ivan, Julia got back on her feet. But just as things were returning to normal, she faced yet another setback – the family car broke down. Without enough money for car repairs and no way for Ivan to get to work, the family lost income and could no longer afford rent. They learned about Family Promise just as they received an eviction notice. 

Family Promise moved the family into its emergency shelter program and began working with them to rebuild their life. Family Promise helped Julia and Ivan apply for a housing voucher and supported Ivan’s efforts to earn his GED. Just as the summer began, they found an affordable apartment.   

But Family Promise’s support didn’t end when the family moved into their new home. With summer heating up, Family Promise was able to find them a brand-new air conditioner. And Family Promise even ensured the family’s electric bills were covered for the summer so they could focus on budgeting and building their savings.  

“At times, it felt like we were never going to make it out of this,” says Julia, who appreciates the opportunity to work with Family Promise. 

Now, the family is keeping cool in their new home and has the encouragement and support to set them up for long-term stability. 

*Names changed to protect privacy 

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