Meet A Mother With DIGNITY
Category : Dignity News
At Dignity Housing, our residents come from many walks of life. However, they all have one common goal: to move out of poverty and get back on their feet in order to provide a life of stability for themselves and their children. In honor of Mother’s Day, we’ve chosen to highlight one of our stand-out mothers who, despite all odds, refuses to give up.
Meet Kate*. She is a mother of four and new member of our Dignity Housing family. Her youngest daughter is a cheerleader, dancer and straight A student. Her younger son loves football, has great grades and is very determined to succeed. He is also very technical and can “fix anything”. Kate’s oldest son, who is a senior in high school, is being recruited to different colleges on football scholarships. Her oldest daughter works a full time job and is very close to her mother and siblings.
On paper, Kate seems to have it all together. However, like many of our residents, she comes from a traumatic past of violent, physical abuse at the hands of her now ex-husband.Kate’s road to Dignity was long and treacherous. Before finding a permanent home with us she moved her family from shelter to shelter, never knowing what would happen next. Even then, she never gave up.
Despite the tremendous obstacles that she has faced, Kate has made every effort to keep her children’s lives as normal as possible. She wants them to become successful no matter their living situation or the difficulties she experiences. Kate makes sure that her children keep up with their school work and remain involved with their sports and extracurricular activities. She is at every sporting event cheering them on with a huge smile on her face.
She never gave up on being a dedicated mother. This year she and her family will be spending Mother’s Day in their new Dignity home. With the stability and support of Dignity’s staff she is continuing to take positive steps forward in her life. Kate is currently working with the Dignity Education & Resource Coordinator to update her resume and she plans to participate in our onsite Health and Wellness services to address her trauma. Kate is ready to get back on track to make a better life for herself and her children.
Stories like Kate’s are not uncommon. Single mothers just like her walk through our doors everyday looking for a safe haven and a chance to rebuild their lives. This Mother’s Day, consider making a donation to Dignity Housing in honor of Kate, or a special woman in your life. Your gift will allow us to continue to provide housing and supportive services to those in need.
Together, we can break the cycle of homelessness in Philadelphia.
*To protect the identity of our resident, we’ve changed the name and used an image of a different Dignity family.