You saved her life.
So when Michael, the father of their daughter, promised that his new job in Arizona could provide for them, she took a chance. In September, Lonique moved to Arizona, with just a few hundred dollars in her pocket.
But Lonique quickly found that Michael had lied to her about many things.
“He quit his job without telling me. We didn’t have anywhere to stay. I had to put all of us up in a hotel just to keep us off the streets.”
“It was terrifying. I was thousands of miles from home, with no family, no money, no job, and three kids to provide for. The closer we got to running out of money, the angrier he got, and the more helpless I got.”
Lonique and her children were brought to A New Leaf’s Faith House Shelter that same night. Faith House would provide safety and stability to Lonique’s family for the next several months. It was a turning point.
“When I first got to Faith House, I felt there was no hope… but every day got easier. Now I feel free.”
She was able to secure a job, got a car, and started planning for her long-term independence.
And when she felt low, Faith House’s staff was there to make sure Lonique knew she was never alone.
“My caseworker was my emotional rock, my motivation. She’d tell me ‘Lonique, it’s okay to cry. But you get back up, and you keep going – for your kids, and for you.’ And I did.”
After her stay at Faith House, Lonique was accepted into a housing program with the help of her caseworker. Lonique knows that Faith House saved her family, and her life.
“Without Faith House, I don’t know where I’d be. I am so thankful.”
“But I didn’t need to. Because of Faith House my kids are safe now, and I have a home. You only set yourself back, the longer you stay.”