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What does “home” mean to you?

Home means peace to me and my boys. It also means safety and love.

Who or what inspires you?

These Bible verses inspire me:

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding in all your ways acknowledge him and he shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

“Come to me all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest…For my yoke is easy and my burden light.” Matthew 11:28,30

What was your life like before Bridge of Hope Harrisburg Area?

 I received a job offer and even though it was what I knew could help my children and myself it was hours away. I was only seeing my children for a limited time during the month as I was living 3 hours away from them. Emotionally we all were hurting and longing for stability and consistent time together.

My relationship with my parents has been strained in the past. I’ve been working on mending it over the years and it has provided peace. My relationship with my little brother helped me tremendously through some of my darkest nights without seeing my boys. Sometimes going weeks without seeing them was so excruciating and all I could do was hold on to hope. I didn’t have a place of my own. I was living with other people after COVID. I didn’t have adequate space for them. I was thankful to have shelter but longed to give them a place to call home. Financially, I was struggling to provide for them and myself.

Upon accepting my new job near my children, I didn’t have any housing. I didn’t have all the answers to their questions about where we were going to stay or live. My boys were looking at me to fix it and have all the answers like I did their boo-boos and toys, or homework and I couldn’t. I held back tears trying to be strong for them. I told them what faith really meant and how even though we couldn’t see how it was going to work out we had to believe that God would take care of us. And that he makes the impossible possible. I told my boys that even though we couldn’t see why we were going through tough times we were putting it all in God’s hands and believing for a miracle.

Where do you want to see yourself and your family in the next one to two years?

I’d like to continue to grow in my career and eventually finish my degree in business management. Because I know with my work experience and with a degree, I could provide a better future for my children. I want my children to continue to grow in their faith and learn in school to prepare them to be the young men I know they are called to be. I’d like to continue to get to know my neighboring group and develop strong bonds of friendship. I’d like to save and work on my credit to eventually own my own home.

In one word, what is your family’s greatest strength? 

Resilience!

In one word, how would you describe your family’s personality?

Joy!

 

*Names have been changed to protect the confidentiality of the families.

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