Ada in Action: Rachel’s Story

Rachel, a single mom with two children, is a domestic violence survivor. When she became homeless and turned to the Ada Jenkins Center, we partnered with her to find shelter, food, and financial assistance until she could stand on her own two feet again.

Many client-partners use Ada Jenkins’ services, but we serve as an outpost for incredible partner agencies as well. Rachel received a referral from Crisis Assistance Ministries to Safe Alliance, a local organization that was able to provide interim housing and counseling while Rachel worked with our case manager to find a permanent home.

Rachel now works for a cleaning business and is in high demand for her detailed work and ethical standards. She and her children continue to work hard and keep moving forward, despite barriers encountered along the way.

Using our two-generation approach to breaking the cycle of poverty, we have been able to assist Rachel’s whole family. Rachel’s son has made in incredible improvement in the classroom since living in a stable home, and his teachers have commended him for his great work.

To our staff, from Rachel:

“You deserve to know how much you mean to me. I’m in a lot of pain but compared to what I experienced, I guess this isn’t really anything. I’m mentally trying to hold it together and ask God for help every day. I thank Him so much for having y’all on my team because I don’t have much of a support system. Y’all really are all my kids and I need, though. I paid rent on time this month. Last March, I felt like my world was falling apart and look at me now. Thank you.”