Jobs would come and go, housing would stabilize for periods of time, but all it took was one small, unexpected crisis — the bills would pile up and she’d find herself homeless.
In December, after the birth of her fourth child, the eviction notice came again.
It was a wakeup call.
“I’m tired of this cycle,” Daneysha remembers thinking. “It’s time to do things differently.”
That’s when she went to LifePath Christian Ministries – and her journey began.
Starting the transformation
That first night at the LifePath Women and Children’s Shelter was tough. She barely slept, but she knew it was the first step to changing her life.
“It was time to get myself together,” she says. “I needed to show my kids I can be better and give them a better life.”
The staff at LifePath referred Daneysha to the Next Door program, a partnership with Bell Socialization Services, which will help her afford an apartment. A caseworker has been helping her with budgeting.
“I take it as a blessing,” Daneysha says. “It really opened my eyes to a lot of things I was doing wrong in my life.”
She quit drinking and smoking. She hopes her latest temporary job may soon become permanent. And each night she climbs into the bunk beds where she and her children have found hope, and she helps them stay focused as they work on homework together or talk about their day.
A new life in Christ
Each new day, Daneysha wakes up and recites her prayer. It keeps her grounded. It reminds her that her journey isn’t over. But most importantly, she says, it helps her know that she isn’t alone.
“I look at life differently,” Daneysha says. “I’m ready to be that responsible woman. I’m ready to show my kids that you can change the course of your life, and God can give you the support you need to make it happen.”