"We are worlds away from that time. It's good to be reminded that we need to help each other whenever we can. "
Many people may not know our story but we were once homeless shortly after I became a new mom. A divorce forced me to move from my martial home after giving birth to my son a few months prior. I never thought I would be homeless; I don't know that anyone ever does. But life can change in an instant. I had decided after the separation of my marriage that I wanted to spend the first year of my child's life at home. I did not realize that being unemployed would mean that I would not be able to find a new home. It did not matter how much money was in my bank account or who I had as references or that I was an upstanding member of the community for years.
I was fortunate to have a dear friend take me and my son in for several months while our dog and belongings were elsewhere. I know what being without a home felt like. I remember how hopeless I felt, scared and alone. My dearest friend would tell you we were never homeless as we had her family to stay with. I am eternally grateful to this family for they were the light in my darkest hour. I haven’t shared our story of homelessness with many people as I felt ashamed and I tend to keep our personal life private. I was ashamed that as a parent I couldn’t even provide the most fundamental necessity, a home for my son. Gratefully this event has made me see the wonder and strength in our story. Please, you're never more than a moment away from a life changing event. Will you help support this amazing organization with us!
I have committed to raising donations for Family Promise North Shore Promise by creating this fundraiser page. You can help too!
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With Love and Thanks,
Iana & Zach