“God gives us trials, but it’s up to us to get through it all.”
Two years ago Elizabeth moved from California from an area where there was a lot of crime, and not a lot of opportunity. Additionally, she wanted to raise her beautiful three children in a safer and more community-oriented environment.
“For months, I was job-searching and trying to see what apartments were the cheapest in Utah. Then I got a call from Walgreens, who said they would hold a job for me in Salt Lake. It was time to leave and hard to say goodbye to family, but I knew that this big sacrifice was going to be better for us in the long run.”
“Believe me I thought it was a crazy idea too.”
Not having enough money for a deposit and the first month’s rent, Elizabeth sought out shelters, and found Family Promise – Salt Lake.
“Our first night at one of the churches was very comfy, and the other families were nice. Family Promise had a storage unit where I could leave my three big black bags I brought with me. Soon, I got hired at Walgreens, as well as the Deseret Industries.”
Coming to Utah was a big change to our lives. Living in churches and moving every week is a struggle when you have kids, and trying to keep two jobs while being in a shelter is another struggle, and can be overwhelming at times. It was hard at first, but then we got an apartment within two months.
Now, when I look around my new home, I am thankful for everyone in the Family Promise program and the churches who helped me get through it all.
I still work for Walgreens and they have been very supportive in the last two years, I have given donations to the Family Promise and helped out in their Learning Garden.
God gives us trails but it’s up to us to get through it all, and no one said it would be easy but with your faith you can be a successful parent.
I did it! But not alone, and we are still standing.”
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