So, it’s been quite some time since I’ve blogged. You could say, I was working hard at implementing a dream. I really was… But, no excuse not to drop a line, right? I finally am taking time to let you in on my journey and commit to keep you in the loop.
I’m all about change and growth. For years, I’ve worked to improve my communication, various skills, you name it. One subject that’s been very dear to my heart has been minimizing the effects of homelessness on family.
17 years ago, I found myself facing homelessness with my two children. My stint lasted for three months and I was fortunate enough to be able to live with someone until I could regain my footing. How did this even happen? For me, it was due to a pretty horrible marriage. You see, I had relocated from Charlotte, NC and gotten married, but this guy wasn’t who I thought he was at all. (That’s a story for another day.)
According to the National Coalition of the Homeless, “…approximately half of all women and children experiencing homelessness are fleeing domestic violence.” These situations happen a lot more than you think. Did you know that some of these same women can even end up in commercial sex trafficking?
Back to my dream… I’m working on opening up homes that will serve as transitional housing to help bring hope to these families. These homes would serve as a support mechanism, providing counseling, life skills and education.
The first house we’re working with needs renovation work which I’m raising money to get the repairs completed. The house needs re-wiring, roofing repairs, and plumbing, etc. I’m also actively seeking other opportunities to fund this cause through partnerships, grants, etc.
I already realize that this dream can’t come into fruition by itself or relying on any one source. I believe it takes all of us, working together, to add value by tapping into what we do best. So, I welcome your help, whether you’re local or in another state. Homelessness affects us nationally and it’s up to us to do something about it!