Lauren’s youngest child was terrified of the dark. At bedtime, there had to be a light on so the monsters wouldn’t come out. Even with that assurance, it would still take him a long time to fall asleep. Her other two children had anxiety issues, as well. All four had been on the run for a while, trying to escape a monster who wouldn’t be deterred by a night light.
The father of Lauren’s children was a drug addict. He was violent. He made threats that if he found them, bad things would happen. After his incarceration, there was a collective sigh of relief from the family. However, money was running out and they had nowhere to go.
Lauren was referred to The Austin Shelter for Women and Children, and the family moved in soon after. During their time at the shelter, Lauren received the safety and support she needed to turn things around. She got a job with help from her case manager, and the family moved into an apartment a short time later. She is working on her associate degree and hopes to become a kindergarten teacher.
This story is one of many that have unfolded at our shelters in Austin. These families deserve an opportunity to overcome difficult life circumstances, and we are here to provide the resources needed to make sure that homelessness is brief and non-recurring.
Names and images of clients have been changed to protect their confidentiality.