I never imagined that my four-year-old daughter Patrice and I would end up in a homeless shelter: I have a bachelor’s degree. I’m an experienced social worker. However, in 2011 I found I was barely making ends meet on my salary. With relatives in Atlanta, I moved Patrice and myself to Georgia. I counted on staying with sisters until I found a job and an apartment but quickly we were considered a burden. Patrice and I moved into a shelter. Then my car was repossessed. How could I accept a social worker position when driving to people’s homes was part of the job?How could I help others when I was the one in the need of help?
Then God did what God does and I was introduced to The United Methodist Children’s Home (UMCH) just before Christmas 2013. We were immediately surrounded by their compassionate and resourceful staff. Patrice even had gifts to open from Santa.
First they started by helping me clean up my credit and taught me how to budget.Never having money, I’d never before learned to manage it. I also cleaned up my diet. Growing up in the South, I was accustomed to fried chicken with mashed potatoes and mac and cheese on the side. Today, Patrice and I enjoy vegetables and love exercising! Individuals networked to find a car I could afford, thanks to my new budget. Finally, thanks to UMCH’s job leads program, I began working as a case managerin February for the Georgia Division of Family & Children’s Services.
God has taken me full circle; I have been helped and I can now help others. Without knowing me, you too believed in me and for that I say thank you. I hope and pray that you continue to support UMCH so that others can get a fresh start like Patrice and me.
May God bless you and your family this Easter.
Your impact is doubled.
Several anonymous donors have stepped forward with a matching gift challenge. Every gift we receive online during Holy Week will be matched dollar-for-dollar.
That means that $50 becomes $100! $100 becomes $200! We’re more than half way to our $30,000 goal. Thank you for giving generously to help twice as many children like Patrice!