Jobless, Two Kids, and No Place to Turn

Jobless-Two-Kids-250x250Seven years ago, Michelle Luckett was jobless with two young children. Facing homelessness one night, and desperate for a place to sleep, she knocked on the door at The Salvation Army.

Someone from the Army’s Family Outreach Office answered and immediately found them shelter.

But it didn’t stop there. The staff stayed in touch with Michelle and her family, and they noticed that her children weren’t meeting developmental goals. The family was referred for specialized services and the youngest was enrolled in Head Start.

“I was a very young mother, so there was a lot I didn’t know,” Michelle says. “The home visits (from Head Start) were helpful, because I really learned how to be a better mother. And a better person.”

The Family Outreach team also helped Michelle find a job. “As long as you work hard and do what you need to do to take care of your family, they’ll help you find housing, a job, clothing, food, whatever you need.”

Michelle’s daughter Keniyah (pictured here with her mom) is now in Head Start and making progress. Michelle is continuing her own education and hopes to start her own nonprofit someday, to help others as she was helped.

“Without The Salvation Army, we’d probably be homeless,” she says. “Without them, none of this would be possible. I’m so grateful!”

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