From Car To Conquering

NUMBER OF CHILDREN… 2

ENDED HOMELESSNESS… JUNE 2015

Divorce undoubtedly shatters families, with the size and placement of the broken pieces differing from family to family. In Tiffany Daniels' case, scattered shards littered her foundation after she and her husband dissolved their marriage, leaving the newly unemployed single mother of 8-year-old twins to scoop herself and children up and move on. But picking up the pieces is never easy.

The family of three moved from Georgia to Orange County, and their monthly income of less than $2,000 did not meet rental requirements. For several months she found herself and her two young children sleeping in her car—as if the immense stresses of divorce and cross-country relocation weren't taxing enough.

For several months she found herself and her two young children sleeping in her car—as if the immense stresses of divorce and cross-country relocation weren’t taxing enough.

Her children's emotional stability continued to slip until she called Project Hope Alliance.

Case Manager Rocio met with the tight-knit family to review their housing situation, discuss their goals, and develop an actionable plan to rapidly rehouse them and uplift them out of homelessness. Through our Family Stability Program, we helped move the family into a safe new home by providing first month's rent and deposit. Project Hope Alliance closely supported Tiffany with the process of moving to a new state, and also helped furnish the Daniels' apartment and supply them with clothing and food from our Community Pantry.

With a stable roof over their heads, the children began to heal emotionally. Already stellar students blessed with an attentive mother, they enrolled with School on Wheels, a partner organization that pairs each child with a dedicated volunteer tutor, who works one-on-one with the young learner every week. The goal is to shrink academic gaps and provide the highest level of educational support possible.

After being housed, Tiffany gained full-time employment, increasing the family's monthly income by more than $1,000. Food stamps and child support helped supplement their finances.  

Throughout our relationship with the Daniels family, the twins affectionately referred to Rocio as "auntie," and Tiffany always invited her to stay for dinner.

These gracious gestures are one of the many reasons we are honored to serve our community. Everyone matters, and every child deserves an exceptional education and a secure, stable home.