I left Mississippi to come and live with my sister to seek better educational opportunities for my kids. After an argument with her, she put me out on the street with my babies. I was homeless in a place I had never even been to before. I found out about the shelter, Monsignor King Outreach Center (MKOC), and went to stay there instead of sleeping in my car with my babies.
The Serve Denton Center has been open for a few months now, and we are already seeing nonprofits partnering together to help our neighbors in need!
Part of the Serve Denton mission and vision is to provide affordable office space to nonprofit agencies, but also to provide a place where agencies can collaborate.
When the counselor at her children’s school told her about The Wheeler House, Jessica O’Bannon’s entire life changed. Jessica is a single mother of five children, and when she left her home in Mississippi to come to Denton, TX, she was looking for a better life for her and her children. But, when her expected living situation didn’t work out, Jessica was forced to prepare her family for a life on the streets.
Jessica called The Wheeler House every single day until she got accepted because she knew this was an opportunity she couldn’t pass up. For Jessica and her family, The Wheeler House has been their clean slate. Throughout the last six months, her children have become more grounded in school, and Jessica has been able to pursue a diploma she has been working toward for ten years. “They have given us so much,” she said, “materialistic things, yes, but also their generosity, their love, kindness, their support…something I have not had in a very long time.”
Jessica and her family will be moving out of The Wheeler House at the beginning of July, and they are all very excited to start their new life in permanent housing. Jessica will be also be graduating in September 2016 with her diploma and plans to continue schooling to get her Associate degree so she can continue to provide for her family. “My five children are my motivation; they are the only motivation that I have because I am the only one that they have, so I have to keep going,” Jessica said.
Though Jessica and her family have experienced some roadblocks on their journey to a stable and healthy life, The Wheeler House has been an “amazing blessing” in allowing them to get settled in their new home of Denton, TX, and back up on their feet.