Small Town Girl
Miss P was taught manners from her own mother. A quiet, “Yes, ma’am,” are the words she utters most. She had never left her small home town outside of Gainesville, until her own mother lost her home. Three generations were homeless all at once, and so Miss P and her daughter came to live with Family Promise.
It took us a while to realize that under that polite Southern exterior, there was a class clown waiting to come out. When she thought no one was looking, she was often found down on the ground quietly joking with kids in the shelter, getting them to laugh when no one else could. When a wrong number kept calling her phone one night, she finally answered the phone, “Alachua County Jail, can we help you?” The entire room turned to her surprised. She cracked her devilish smile, and they burst into laughter.
She found a full time job in the daycare industry - getting two-year-olds to laugh all day long. She has completed two out of five courses for her childcare certification since she graduated from Family Promise and moved into an apartment of her own. She has checked in with us, and she and her daughter are doing well as they move forward with their new life.
Help a mom like Miss P get back on her feet.