Homeless But Not Without Shelter: Packing Up with No Where to Go

Last week I shared about the financial crisis that started our journey through homelessness. Today I want so share the next part of our journey where I found myself with a move out date, two kids and nowhere to go.

Homeless But Not Without Shelter Part 2: Packing Up with No Where to Go LaToyaEdwards.net

I spent all summer long trying to prevent being evicted from our rental house. I tried to figure out how to stay in school. I racked my brain trying to figure out how to find a job and afford child care. Things just didn’t seem to work out for me. I took a loan out on my life insurance policy to cover the bills in June but it wasn’t enough to pay the May and June Rent. I was supposed to get a big back child support payment but it didn’t come when I was told it would.

I tried going around to the social service offices in my area for help. I went to a family homeless prevention program and was told that I didn’t have enough money to qualify for help. They said to come back when I had some steady income and was able to prove that I wouldn’t be in the same situation a month after they helped me out. There’s more to that story that I’m not going to share. I will tell you that I went back when I had some steady income and was then told that I had too much money to qualify for help.

It seemed that everywhere I went there was no help available for us. I was scared, angry, frustrated and depressed. I prayed and cried out to God but it felt like He’d turned His back on me. And just when I thought that I couldn’t take anything else, my beloved Pastor and spiritual father passed away. My heart was broken and I felt like the world was crushing me.

But then a miracle happened. A blogging friend shared that post and the encouragement and prayers started pouring in. For weeks  I received support and love and emails from women all over. A few readers blessed us with some money to help us out. It was not enough to keep us in our rental home or enough to get us into a new place. But it was exactly what I needed.

That money helped cover our moving expenses and kept gas in the car for weeks while I drove around looking for help and house hunting. But it was so much more than that. You see I had been asking around to see if anyone would let us stay with them while I waited for money and a place to live. Everyone in my family said no. A few friends said yes but I knew it wasn’t a situation that would work well for us. I had started to feel like no one cared about us. But with that post God showed me what agape love and fellowship was all about.

I felt like God was being silent, that He wasn’t answering my prayers. But He was. He sent me several angels and blessings that I wasn’t looking for. The day came when it was time for us to be out of the house and it was a lot of work. Everything that could go wrong did. And as we packed I still had no idea where we would sleep that night.

Come back next week to read how God provided us with a temporary home.

For more testimonies and encouragement during financial hardships check out Overwhelmed: Hope and Help for the Financially Weary. This series has been expanded and is included with 8 other stories from other woman that have walked through hard times.

Overwhelmed: Hope and Help for the Financially Weary

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12 thoughts on “Homeless But Not Without Shelter: Packing Up with No Where to Go

  1. Rebecca

    You, my friend are going to be a light to shine in dark areas that many would hide from. I am so proud of you and blessed by your faith in Christ!! Thank you for being open, real and so very authentic!

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  2. JM

    Thank you for posting about this journey you took with the Lord. I needed this encouragement. We are facing a scary situation now, having found out we will be having a baby in 7 months, we will not be able to stay in our apt. (we live in public housing, and already have 2 boys). We have no guarantee that a 3 bdrm will become available to us in time, and though there are some options, money is running out. Reading this is so encouraging, knowing that God is always faithful. God bless you and your boys!

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  3. Dana

    I’m not quite sure how I found you, I think through Pinterest. I can’t wait to read how the Lord provided for you & your sweet boys.
    My husband & I had to move out of our home over a year ago because he had been without income too long & we had no money for rent, etc… I was pregnant with our 11th child. No family had enough room for all of us so we split up into 3 different homes for a while. AFter the baby was born we couldn’t stand being split up so me and my 4 youngest moved in with my husband and our 4 older kids. Still leaving 2 daughters living with friends. We are still living here. We are packed in like sardines, but I am so thankful for a place to stay. We have food, shelter, clothes & each other. My husband is still without steady income, but we know the Lord will provide us a job & home one day & we will look back and see the many ways He worked in our lives.

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  4. Tauna

    Thank you so much for posting this. We are trying to help a family in our church that is going through this right now. It is so frustrating to see all the doors closing. But there are also times when they clearly see God’s hand and provision in the midst of it. Your post was encouraging to me as I seek to encourage the mom in this family.

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  5. Isobel

    Greetings! I’ve been following your site for some time now and finally got the courage to go ahead and give you a shout out from Houston Texas! Just wanted to say keep up the fantastic work!

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