Humble, smart, loyal, determined, and gracious. These words describe Ms. Stiles, a single grandmother whose life was turned upside down when her daughter could not properly care for her children.
Without hesitation, Ms. Stiles came to the rescue and agreed to take custody of the three children, all under the age of five. It was no easy task, but Ms. Stiles did everything she could. After trying her best to meet the children’s needs, she soon found that too large of a portion of her income was being poured into childcare costs, and there was not enough money for rent. She fell behind and no longer could afford both shelter and care for her grandchildren.
Thanks to a network of community resources, Ms. Stiles entered the Nicholas House Homeless to Homes (H2H) program. Through NHI parenting classes, Ms. Stiles received essential tips for caring for three young ones, despite her age. Her case manager helped her find affordable childcare and other assistance programs that gave her the foundation she needed to thrive.
Today, Ms. Stiles has a job where she’s making enough money to provide for her family. Not only has she been able to maintain stable housing, she has saved more than $3,000! Though trained as a professional hair stylist, she tapped into a real passion for child care. She earned a scholarship to attend school and hopes to open a daycare center so other caregivers can have access to vital childcare facilities.
Personally aware of how important affordable childcare has been to the survival and success of her family, Ms. Stiles is determined to provide that for others who are in her shoes. When asked what dreams Ms. Stiles has for her grandchildren, she responded “I want them to respect themselves and others, to treat everyone well; to be healthy, successful, and humble. Finally, I want them to appreciate everything.”
Judging by the resiliency and strong character of Ms. Stiles, we have no doubt that the children will grow up to be just like her – humble, smart, loyal, determined, and gracious.