Homelessness – Brett’s Story

Brett, a single dad, moved out to California a few years ago after his divorce.  Although he was able to get a job when he and his two boys arrived, he quickly got laid off when the company had to downsize unexpectedly.  He was unable to get hired anywhere else and had to move out of their apartment.

The family lived on the streets for a while, constantly on the hunt for shelter and basic needs. Brett was constantly concerned about how to keep his kids safe and maintain a sense of routine in their daily lives.  On the hunt for a shower, each morning became a new part of that routine.  As a single father, he continued looking for work and applying for low-income housing. Brett eventually got in contact with City Net, who helped him find temporary housing for his family. After a few months of diligence, the boys and their dad had a roof over their heads again and although Brett is currently working temporary jobs, he is determined to find a steady paycheck and support his kids once again.

Eastside Christian Church works closely with agencies like City-Net to help families during these transitional periods.  Many volunteers create hygiene kits for families just like Brett.  These kits provide crucial essentials for those who are homeless and also when they move into temporary housing.  For more ideas on how to create kits in your local community please visit eastside.com/local.

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