From Homeless to Empowered One Brick At A Time

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I don’t really know how to start. Homeless people have been around for a long time and even though I knew they were out there, it didn’t really effect me.  Growing up in a single parent home my mother worked 2 and 3 jobs to support the three of us, but we always had a home. Everybody that I knew had a home. Fast forward to my own life as a single mother with a daughter and a son and I still know a lot of people who have a home, but we don’t. Being homeless is almost like having a contagious disease and no one wants to get too close for fear it may rub off. I really felt as if all was lost, with no light at the end of the tunnel. Living in our van in the Walmart parking lot was the most demeaning experience I have ever gone through. Quite honestly, I wouldn’t wish being homeless on my worst enemy!
Feelings of utter disgust rise up inside, which made me feel worthless and unwanted. Being a failure is a pretty tough pill to swallow and the shame that I felt as a parent not being able to provide a basic home for my family tore me up. But soon there was a light that brought me out of the tunnel, Mercy Support Services. What a complete and total blessing from God. This organization is unbelievable in a day and age where so many look the other way, thinking somebody else will handle the problem, they step up and step in to help us help ourselves. They truly are a hand up not a hand out!
Being able to sleep in an actual bed and shower and do laundry, oh and home cooked meals, just the simple things that we take for granted every single day mean so much.  By allowing us to be a part of this amazing program, I am building my life back up, one brick at a time.  I’m working two jobs, focusing on getting money saved, getting my bills paid so that when we transition out of this program we will be able to have a home to call our own. The weekly visits from our house counselors are an integral part of this program and I’ve come to depend on the well thought out advice that is given.
Everyone that works and volunteers at Mercy has been wonderful and knowing that they are there for us is such a calming feeling. Having them in my corner helps me know I can weather any storm. Now instead of disgust, hope rises up inside of me. I’m not worthless and unwanted, I’m priceless and empowered!  

There truly are not enough words to express my gratitude for what Mercy has done for me and my family. They work very hard just to help us and they are making an incredible difference in our lives and that of countless others in our community.
While it warms my heart to think of having our own home one day soon, this has been an amazing experience that I will truly miss. Knowing that one chapter closes so another can begin, it often is a comfort to go back and read that book again. The life changing moments and friendships that I’ve gained while here are something that I will treasure forever.  
Thank you Mercy Support Services, for sharing your heart and walking beside us when others walked away.
D. & Family

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