A Church-Based Approach to Ending Family Homelessness

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Marissa Barton’s climb from homelessness to hope has been difficult but inspiring. Recently Marissa shared her story with our board and staff and there wasn’t a dry eye in the room.

Bridge of Hope made Marissa’s climb easier by helping her find a stable place to live, employment, and the chance to finish her education.  But she is most grateful for the support system that Bridge of Hope Neighboring Volunteers from Lawton Church provided for her.  “I didn’t have anybody to call before Bridge of Hope,” she said, “so it’s pretty amazing to know that I have support when I need it.”

Marissa shared how Michelle, a Neighboring Volunteer, was a huge help to her after Marissa gave birth via C-section.  “My apartment was on the third floor with all these steep steps.  I wasn’t allowed to use stairs so Michelle offered to let me, my newborn, and my fifteen-month-old, stay at her house for a week until I recovered. I think to this day it’s one of the kindest things that anybody has ever done for me,” she said, tearing up. “Michelle is someone that still has my back. That’s support I’d never felt before.”

“I’m in a much better place today,” Marissa says. “Bridge of Hope is where hope begins!”

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