At the time we met Laurie, she was a 32 year old single mother who had been in motel shelter for eight months with her three children, ages 5,6, and 12. 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 children got there:

Originally from CT, Laurie had a tough childhood. Her mom had several boyfriends, some who beat her; some who molested her. She was taken into DCF custody at age 12 and after 15 placements, she ran away. She didn’t finish high school, and was emancipated at age 15.

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Becoming a mom at a young age, Laurie struggled through custody battles. In recent years she was doing well, but when the housing she lived in entered foreclosure, she was forced to move. With her children’s father working an unsteady job in construction, and her family struggling to make ends meet, it was hard to find a safe, affordable place to move to. When Laurie moved with her family to a rough neighborhood with some drug problems, their apartment was raided by police in error. She was scared for her children.

What Laurie remembered most about the day she entered shelter was the stress she felt in trying to figure out how and where she was going to feed her children. It was a Thursday and the hotel only offered a continental breakfast on weekends.

One of the hardest things for Laurie was the fact that the motel offered no way to get away from one another to have some personal space. Nevertheless, she was grateful for the fact that she had been able to keep her children, one of whom has bi polar disorder and ADHD, in their home town school system. Laurie is a good parent for whom good manners/ good behavior both toward and from her kids are priorities.

Laurie told us that she and some of the other families who had been at the motel as long as she had, built a support system for each other; their own family in a way. That had been important. And as new families arrived at the shelter, she felt good about being able to offer them the information and contacts that she didn’t have at first. And more than anything, she continued to have hope saying, “If you don’t have hope, you don’t have anything.”