Goshen,IN– Umeki Williams, our 150th partner family, was recently interviewed by Tim Vandenack of the Elkhart Truth about her transition from homelessness to home ownership. Check out a portion of the article below and if you want to read the complete article click here.
ELKHART — Back in 2009, the sour economy wasn’t the only thing on Umeki Williams’ mind.
Her marriage had gone south, and lacking child support from her ex and having no job — no seeming prospects for work, even — the threat of homelessness loomed large. Maybe she and her four kids would end up living in a car, in the street, she worried.
“My only option is that if I don’t find employment, my kids and I will go homeless,” she said three years ago as she frantically struggled to find work. Anything. A job flipping burgers would be fine. Corn detasseling? She’ll take it.
“I had been everywhere,” she recalls. “I went to McDonald’s and across the street at Penguin Point. I put in applications everywhere.”
Fast forward and it all seems like a bad dream that fades with the morning sun. The abusive relationship with her former husband is history. She has a steady job, no longer relies on child support or her ex. She has a home, her own, thanks to help from Habitat for Humanity; and her kids, ages 7 to 18, have a semblance of stability.
“I’m very grateful to where I’m at,” she said. “I never thought I’d be here.”
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