Working toward home

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Tiffany Hall hasn’t had a home to call her own in a long time.

She and her children bounced from place to place, and for a stretch of eight long months without them, she lived on the streets. Even as a child, she lived in foster care.

Faced with homelessness again—this time with her children and a baby on the way—Tiffany Hall reached out for help.

Asking for it was hard.

“My pride wouldn’t let me at first,” Tiffany said, “but at the end of the day, I had to realize this, (homelessness) can’t be for them.”

Help came. Community Cooperative and Better Together stepped up. A host family cared for her four children while Tiffany found housing and gave birth to a healthy baby boy.

Two days before Mother’s Day, Tiffany reunited with her children in their new home. Hugs, smiles and giggles echoed through the empty rooms.

Over the weekend, Better Together volunteer and host mom Lauren Adams collected a box truck full of items to populate Tiffany’s home. A couch, tables, dressers and clothes to put in them arrived Monday. Even toys for the kids. The Hall family’s duplex filled with love and laughter.

Tiffany’s journey is not over. She aims to find work and get counseling. To other moms who stand where she stood, Tiffany offers encouragement.

“Just don’t give up,” she says. Don’t beat yourself up over your mistakes. “Take it and embrace it. Then it’s your testimony. Just don’t give up.”

Special thanks to the community that encouraged and empowered the Hall family, including the Adams host family, Community Cooperative, Lee County Human and Veteran Services, Foster Parent Co-op of Southwest Florida, and the Harry Chapin Food Bank.



Posted May 14, 2024 | Moments by Kinfay | Story by Pamela

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