After the murder of her brother with whom she shared a home, Ms. Walton, a single mother, found herself unable to afford the cost of housing.
Her part-time employment was not enough to keep a roof over her sons’ head without supplemental assistance from her brother. In the wake of such emotional loss, Ms. Walton quickly lost her home and became homeless.
After living in her car, she found the courage to approach Nicholas House. She was quickly enrolled in the Homeless to Homes (H2H) program, where she received a partial rental subsidy, along with intensive case management. Her case manager stressed the importance of proper budgeting and professional development.
Ms. Walton attended classes on financial management, upward career movement, and health. With her case manager supporting her along the way, Ms. Walton continued to apply for higher positions at her job. Within a few months, she received a promotion that not only offered full-time pay – it doubled her salary!
Today, Ms. Walton has been able to save more than three months of emergency funds, and is beginning the process of buying a home.
Like so many homeless mothers, Ms. Walton had the drive to succeed. She just needed some empowerment and guidance. This year at Nicholas House, more than 300 parents and their children have received the same empowerment and guidance, and are making better lives for their families!