Little Steps Make a Big Difference

August 3, 2018

It’s difficult to     raise a family    together when you’re split between    two households, but that’s exactly what    Danielle and Chris    were forced to do    when Chris lost his job    and the family lost    its    home.    After two months    of    living apart – Danielle and their children at her parents’ home and Chris with his parents – they knew things had to change. 


Chris and Danielle

“We had to be together    to get through this,” Danielle recalls.  

When    they    discovered     Family Promise of Hall County, Georgia,    they found    their answer.    Second    only    to staying together    in    Family Promise’s emergency shelter    program,    they say    it was    the    volunteers who    impacted    them    the    most. 

Volunteers    connected Chris to a landscaping business and    Danielle, a former substitute teacher,    with a    daycare center. Before they knew it, they    were employed full-time.  

But they still    felt    stuck.  

“We    tried    to save money, but basically we    were working    to pay for daycare,” says    Danielle.  

Then Family Promise re-entered the picture with a solution.  

“We saw    a need for childcare services for low-income families and won a grant for a daycare center,” explains Family Promise Executive Director Lindsey McCamy. “With    her    experience and    skills, Danielle    immediately    came to mind in the search for a coordinator to run it.” 

Within a few months, Little Steps Community Daycare    opened its doors    to provide    free daycare for    Family Promise families and others    while    parents pursue    employment. Once stable,    typically in about eight weeks,    families make other childcare arrangements. 


Little Steps Community Daycare

Having experienced firsthand    the very situation    her clients    are in, Danielle    feels a special connection to    Little    Steps:    “When I first came to Family Promise    I    had the same concern: What do I do with my kids when I have an interview or    start working?” 

In the year since opening,    Little    Steps    has    served    approximately    80 children. The center,    operating out of    a community    center,    has been so successful there’s now a waiting list.  

“We’d like to become licensed    and serve more families, but we need a designated building for that,” explains Danielle. “That’s our next goal.” 

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