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Turning Hopeless Into Hope

Turning Hopeless Into Hope

Turning Hopeless Into Hope

Angela could not catch a break. She sat by her mother’s side until she quietly passed on to heaven. Life did not pause for mourning. Angela’s children needed her even though she felt like she lost her footing in a world without her mother. Several weeks later, Angela pulled in the neighborhood to find multiple fire trucks in front of her Cleveland, Ohio home. The kind, soot-covered firefighter walked over to her and said, “Ma’am, we did everything we could but the fire was too powerful and I’m sorry to tell you but we couldn’t save your house.” Angela broke down in tears. Everything normal was gone. She had nowhere to turn.

A friend mentioned a potential opportunity in Orlando. With nothing to lose, Angela packed up her children and what was left of their belongings and they made their way to the Sunshine State with the hope for a fresh start. Days turned into weeks, weeks turned into months and Angela struggled to find employment. She was piecing things together by staying in motels each night but her insurance money was dwindling. As if her situation could not get any worse, Angela was now motherless, homeless and destitute with three children. Her car had become their home. Too expensive to run her car all night long, she would keep the windows open and hope for a cool breeze as they tried to sleep. Her children felt too embarrassed to go to school.

 

Angela began searching for local shelters to sleep in. Everywhere she turned, they were full. A month passed by and she finally received a call that there was a shelter opening. THIS is our fresh start, she thought. She began to try to rebuild their lives. While in the safety of the shelter, she enrolled in a Registered Nursing Program and attended classes while her children attended school. She began meeting regularly with her Family Promise case manager, Brandi. Brandi helped her find an apartment that would fit all of their family’s needs. Her children began to thrive in school. In May, Angela received the keys to her apartment, and in June she graduated with her RN degree. She now works for Florida Hospital as a full-time registered nurse.

 

Angela and her family continue to thrive and she has worked hard to maintain her stability. Her case manager expects her to complete the Family Promise Rapid Rehousing Program within a short period. Life changed in the blink of an eye for Angela and her family. Through her perseverance and the steady guidance from the Family Promise case manager, Angela rebuilt her life that seemed hopeless.