A Homeless Mother Finds Hope

Latasha Williams has a new apartment and a new job.  But just a few months ago, for the first time in her life, Latasha was homeless with an infant and a 10 year old. 

After escaping an emotionally abusive relationship, Latasha packed up her car and moved her kids closer to a family member.  With no place to stay, she moved in with family, but the living situation quickly fell apart and within days, Latasha and her two daughters were homeless. 

Latasha felt helpless.  She had no money, no way to support her daughters and no support system. 

“I felt like my world was closing in,” said the 28 year-old single mother. 

She turned to an emergency shelter.  There she was connected with Volunteers of America and a new apartment to call home. 

Volunteers of America’s Transition in Place housing program for families focuses on moving homeless families from shelter to apartments of their own within days and then supporting them through intensive case management, rental assistance and connection to education and community resources. 

Latasha is now back on her feet thanks to help from the staff at Volunteers of America.  She says she never imagined she would be so full of hope just months after entering shelter.  “I feel free,” says Latasha.