Sometimes people work as hard as they can to provide for their family—and they still end up needing a little help. When one mother of four from the Chicago area was having a rough time recently, she found there is always a light at the end of the tunnel.
Just weeks ago, Angel Gaines and her four children did not have a permanent place to live. They had found a few places to stay for a while but eventually ended up at a shelter.
“I was pretty much house to house, because finding an actual place steady for my kids, it wasn’t really looking too good,” she told CBS Chicago.
But Angel wanted the best for her children, and her hard work and plight did not go unnoticed by Humble Design, a non-profit organization. Humble Design was able to provide the family with a fully furnished apartment to help them transition out of the homeless shelter.
Volunteers with the organization spent hours filling the house with donated furniture and home decor—and even hung family pictures on their new walls.
Upon walking in, the family was amazed and surprised at how beautiful it was!
“It’s more than furnishing a home, what we’re furnishing is love and dignity,” Kristin Drutchas from Humble Design explained to Positive Chicago.
The new home has not only given the family a permanent place to stay, but it has also given the mother and her children a wonderful home.
Angel said that their new permanent place of living will create certainty for her children. When they leave school, they know they will have a home to go to.
She said, “They can go to school and go to daycare with more confidence.”
Moving out of homelessness to an amazing permanent living situation can clearly be an overwhelming experience.
When asked how she felt, Angel said “I’m all over the place right now. I feel happy, ecstatic — I want to cry.”