Katie’s family became a part of New Ground’s Long Term Housing Program after being homeless for three years. She is a teenager trying to tackle high school while planning for college and the future. Her family became homeless when her parents divorced after many years of marriage and their home was foreclosed.
It was a great shock to suddenly be homeless in a family shelter after what seemed like such a stable home environment. Having stopped work when her first child was born, Katie’s mom had not worked in many years and few skills that could translate into a household income.
Katie watched her mother struggle through their years of homelessness, trying to secure employment and manage to support the family on such a low income. But finding New Ground changed their future for the better.
“I would recommend the New Ground Program to families in need because it really does the things they say they will. For example, help you manage your money… help you get your life together in general little by little until you no longer need their help and are able to do things yourself. I honestly love this program because they really give you a lot of opportunities to do better. It’s like a do-over in life and people really need that.”