Rhonda Meyers, her three young children, and her mother ended up on the streets when they couldn't make rent early last year.
First she moved in with some friends, but people were always running in and out and she wanted more peace and stability for her kids. So she toured the shelter circuit, staying at one particularly "nasty" shelter where mice ran in between the mattresses before she was finally transferred to the more family-oriented People Serving People. Meyers, who asked that we not use her real name, has been calling it home for the past three months.
She's got a checklist of all the things you're supposed to do when you find yourself working back-to-back shifts at Wendy's and caring for three kids in a temporary shelter: She's talking to a guidance counselor, keeping on top of low income housing lists, attending job fairs at the library.
It's a long road to a home of her own, but there's hope on the horizon for something that could transform her life overnight.
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