Even with an administrative job, her income wasn’t enough to pull the family back from the financial brink.
‘For the past five or six years around Christmastime, we’ve been somewhere else,’ Vest said. ‘I worked full-time every day and it just was not enough.’
This year, with the help of nonprofit group HomeStretch, a group that works with homeless families, Vest and her family, which now includes a month-old baby boy and the infant’s father — also her daughter’s father — have moved into a new home. The two older kids are excited about decorating for Christmas — and having their own bedrooms.”
Parks thinks about her college dormitory very differently than most college students who look forward to going home for the holidays.
“’My dorm is my home now. It’s something I can call my own.’”