The most important thing in life to Barbara* is her family. She smiles while her boys play hide and seek in her home, as her baby girl kicks in the womb, and when she talks about her eight-year-old son’s reading level progressing. “I’m so proud of him because he was so frustrated,” she said. “He’s come a long way and now he’s reading to me!”
The make-up of Barbara’s family has changed over the years. As a little girl, she was taken from her
abusive mom to live in a foster home. After leaving her foster mom, she didn’t have anywhere to go.
After staying in a shelter, Barbara found a new family in Project HOME when she moved into Rowan
Homes. She discovered Project HOME while pregnant with her oldest son, pounding the pavement
looking for work near her shelter. When her application for an apartment was accepted, Barbara’s life changed for the better.
Case managers have been there when she has struggled as a single parent. The Honickman Learning Center and Comcast Technology Labs, located just a few doors down, has nurtured her children’s education. And when it comes to food, holidays, and birthdays, the family support from Project HOME is never in doubt.
As she anticipates the arrival of her fourth child, Barbara is studying to become a bus driver so she can be around for her children at the end of the school day. She is also starting up her own small business making hygiene products. She feels her Project HOME family has empowered her to take her dreams and bring them to life, helping her every step of the way.
*Resident names and images are changed, when requested, to protect privacy.