Mrs. Smith and her family were guests at our Family Shelter. She and her husband have two small children and are awaiting housing. Everyone’s story of homelessness is different. Here is their story.
While living in a large city, the Smith family was renting a room. At the time, they were fighting for custody of their son. When the family was finally awarded custody, housing subsidies stopped because the program only supported couples with no children. No one had explained this the family and they ended up not having enough money at the end of the month to pay rent. Unable to make rent, they were evicted and moved into an RV. Mrs. Smith was expecting her second child at the time. The family lived in the RV for several months, paying $300 per month with no hookups for water, electricity, or gas.
Eventually, the owner found someone who was able to pay higher rent and the family soon found themselves on the street. The family was out of options and started looking for a local shelter. Unable to find one close to them, they slept on the streets for nearly a month.
The family traveled to Riverside in search of work when they heard about Path of Life’s Family Shelter. The shelter took them in that night keeping the whole family together.
The Smiths have recently welcomed the newest addition to their family and are still trying to find housing and stability. You can help the Smiths by sponsoring them as a Family of the Month and donating any of the following items they desperately need: New Breast pump with bottles, diapers, baby clothes, burp cloths, bibs, baby wipes, bottles, crib, pacifiers, and/or belly binding clothes. Bring your donations to the Path of Life headquarters or contact Lori, Donations Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a delivery of larger items.