Annie

At the time we met Annie, she was a 27 year old wife and mother who had been in motel shelter for eight months. Play with us at the best casino on the internet at the invisible man spillemaskinen. Doubled deposit! Go over and win!

Here is the story of how she and her family got there:

Annie and her husband had been married for 7 years and were caring for their first baby and expecting their second, when her husband was involved in an accident that resulted in him spending a year in a coma. When he was finally able to come home, he was paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair.

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At the three-family house that they rented, the kids had their own rooms and a nice backyard to play. There was a great support system with the school, their church, and their community.  Doctors for her children and for her husband, grocery stores, and access to a bus or train were all nearby.

But between Annie working full time as a nurse’s aide, caring for two very young children, and taking care of her husband’s every need, life for the family was already difficult. When the house they rented changed management several times, each time the rent increasing without any of the promised wheelchair accommodations being made for her husband, life became even harder.

Eventually Annie was laid off, causing the family to spend their savings to pay bills. A judge did order the landlord to address the lack of wheelchair accessibility that was not only unsafe but also dehumanizing (her husband could not even enter his own bathroom without being carried in by Annie). But the rent became more and more difficult to pay, and the family was eventually evicted. Frustrated and tired, Annie felt there was nowhere else to turn except the state DTA office. The only assistance she had received up to this point was food stamps.

As a cab drove the family toward the shelter, Annie remembers looking out the back window and realizing their life was about to drastically change.  She felt scared – not knowing what was going to happen, where they were going , or how she would ever take care of her kids.

On their first day in shelter, Annie walked the 2 miles to the nearest grocery store with her 6 year old daughter. Not knowing the area, she walked on Route 9 and was stopped by the police. She was reprimanded for walking on the highway and for stealing a shopping cart. She felt ashamed and alone.

Several months later, as the holiday season approached, Annie was worrying greatly about not being able to continue all their family traditions like decorating the house and making a birthday cake for Jesus.

To those who make generalizations about people in a homeless situation, Annie says “Stop! Not everyone uses their state checks for drugs. Many of us are in this position for other situations. Don’t put us in that category. You can pay your rent, pay all of your bills every month and work hard your whole life and still end up in this situation.”

To those who took the time to get to know her and her family, to offer transportation, kindness, guidance, and support, Annie says “Thank you!” “Thank you so much to everyone who is part of Friends of Families in Transition and to all the agencies and people who helped us through this difficult time.”