Weathering the Storm

I was not in a good place in my life in the summer of 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I was jobless and my family was on the verge of homelessness. Since we were running out of savings, my wife, son, and I were  living with friends and family for as long as we could. Soon it became difficult to even find food for my family.

We were facing so many housing uncertainties about the future and each day that went by it seemed like I was failing my family. I tried getting loans. I searched for countless jobs that weren’t in my field. I tried reconnecting with old friends to find job leads – but the employment market was tough because of the pandemic.

Although I felt hopeless, I knew something had to be done. After searching for solutions, I came across The Whole Child, picked up the phone, and I’ll never forget my contact telling me, “Rain, we are going to do everything we can to help you be the best father you can be for your family.”

Ever since that day, the staff at The Whole Child has consistently made me feel welcomed, cared about, and most importantly, they have helped me look after my family. The Whole Child offered me shelter, guidance, and helped get me into the Section 8 rental voucher program.

My wife and I were given the chance to go back to school and we have both maintained 4.0 GPAs. I will graduate with my Film Production degree next year and plan to continue my education towards my B.A. My wife will graduate with her business degree next year. My son has improved in his studies and now he also receives special attention for his ADHD condition. His teachers describe him as a very happy, friendly, and energetic little boy.

My life has only improved thanks to The Whole Child. My family and I now have a stable place to live and we are more confident than ever to start this new and independent life. I have high hopes and determination to succeed and can see a brighter future. I see my son joyful and happy which means the world to me.

Most importantly, my family has inspired me to finish the work that The Whole Child has started.

— Rain, Family Housing Client