When you become a parent, every dollar counts more than ever. That's especially the case if you're a single mother of five like Virginia Perez. Originally from New York, Virginia became homeless after her ex-husband was arrested for domestic abuse. New to Loudoun County, Virginia felt alone.
When women flee domestic abuse, they are often forced to leave their homes, have little or no access to money and very few friends to rely on.
"It was hard to make ends meet anywhere. It was really hard for me. I came to the shelter a single mother of five. I was petrified. I was getting really worried about what was gonna happen next. I realized I need help." – Virginia Perez
Supporters like YOU became that help for Virginia and her kids. Thanks to you, Virginia doesn't need to be frightened anymore. The moment she walked in through the doors of the Loudoun Homeless Services Center, our staff greeted her and her family with warmth and open arms. The Center is more than just a place for individuals and families experiencing homeless to rest their heads at night. Support from the community means we can also provide a direct pathway to permanent housing.
Today, Virginia is free from homelessness, a homeowner AND a business owner because of people like YOU. Talk about a miracle!
During her time with us, our staff helped Virginia get her finances together, land a job, and move into a home of her own. Since then, she fell in love and re-married, purchased a home, started a home improvement business with her wonderful husband, and has been blessed with two additional children.
"Volunteers of America gave me a chance to make it – to be someone. I came here to better my kids. And it worked out good."
You can flip the script for more women like Virginia who need a helping hand during these difficult times by giving to Harvest for Hope today. Anything you are able to give will mean the world to the families we serve this Holiday Season.
Just $50 provides a low-income family of four a warm meal. A gift of $100 ensures a low-income parent has access to employment services. A gift of $1,000 covers the initial deposit for a family in need of a home.