No longer living in a car, but thriving in her own home

August 21, 2015

She and her daughters used to live in their car. Now, they live in their own home thanks to Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh.

Lateisha had two daughters and a job at a factory. After the factory closed, she lost her health insurance, and soon, her house.

The three family members lived in her two-door coupe and drove from neighborhood to neighborhood, trying to find places to sleep that were safe and secluded. Lateisha’s health continued to deteriorate.

When she turned to Catholic Charities for aid, they set her and her daughters up in transitional housing and enrolled Lateisha in a Support Circle, a group made up of 10 individuals from a local faith community that helps provide financial assistance and mentorship.

With the spiritual, financial, and emotional assistance of the individuals in her Support Circle, Lateisha was able to access much-needed medical care and slowly get back on her feet. With their help, she found that she qualified for subsidies which made it possible for her to purchase her own home.

Every time she passes the same type of car they spent so many nights in, it’s a reminder of how far she has come and how much she has accomplished – and how much more she has to look forward to.

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