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A Community Response to Family Homelessness

Becky’s Story

Becky and her boyfriend, Bobby (upper right) were living in New Cumberland. Bobby was collecting disability for a back injury, and Becky was working full-time. Yet they were not making enough money to afford rent, got behind, and eventually needed housing. They moved into the program in 2011 and quickly saved enough money to be on their own again. A dedicated group of volunteers helped the family move into their place. Becky once said about the program, “I’m staying here because my kids are busy having so much fun with the volunteers that they don’t even know they’re homeless.”

At another program, I felt like we were still just surviving. We can live here. I can take care of my kids, make them food, clean up, and play with them. We are living.

— 2014 Graduate