Like little ones for generations, local girls and boys experiencing homelessness with their families are likely to start their prayers with words like these. Thanks to you, 122 children last year had a safe place to count their blessings at bedtime.
These children and their parents had been living in cars, on floors or sofas in overcrowded homes of exasperated loved ones, in seedy motels, or worse. Tiffany, at 7½ months pregnant and working at a fast-food restaurant, was sleeping in a DeLand park with her 7-year-old. When these 66 families arrived at Family Renew Community, the moms and dads were freed from the constant struggle of securing shelter. Instead, they could lay their children down to sleep, get a good night’s rest, and focus their days on the hard work of lifting their families out of homelessness for good. Tiffany gave birth to healthy baby girl in September and is working on a high-school equivalency diploma.
Through the generosity of supporters like you, Family Renew Community has been helping Volusia County families escape desperate situations and restore their lives since 1989. On average now, families we serve overcome homelessness in six to seven months. We have evidence that 89 to 95 percent of them remain stably housed in the months and years afterward.
Housing is only the beginning of what your donation will help bring to homeless families. With expert guidance, mothers and fathers will improve their employment, money management and parenting. They’ll pay down debts, repair credit and build savings. When they’re back out on their own, they’ll be ready to prosper, like Anthony and Deana Sharper. Once homeless with four preschoolers, he’s a CPA and she’s a high school volunteer, for now. The two youngest — twins — will join their older siblings as college students next year.
You can be the blessing a homeless family thanks God for each night. Please click “Donate,” and make a gift of whatever you can afford to bring a quick and permanent end to a family's homelessness. Thank you for all you do to help homeless families with children.