LIMA — After finding herself on the streets living in a tent this fall, Jennifer is working to pick her life back up in time for Christmas.
Some things are working out. She had just found an apartment, and she’s almost set to move out of her mother’s trailer. Meanwhile, Coleman Professional Services is helping her through some mental health issues affecting her ability to find steady work.
“I’m trying to get it all together,” Jennifer said. “I have a comprehension problem. I know what I’m doing, but it’s hard for me to comprehend everything all at one time. I’ll have to write it down on paper, or I’ll forget what I’m doing.”
But she still doesn’t have her daughter back. When Jennifer became homeless so did her 2-year-old daughter, and Allen County Children Services stepped in.
Jennifer has since been working to create a stable situation so her daughter can return home.
“I would love for my daughter to be able to be with me and my family for Christmas,” Jennifer said.
In terms of providing a good Christmas for her family, Jennifer said she would like to be able to give a bike to her 12-year-old son Tom, who has been raised by Jennifer’s mother after Tom’s father left the family to fend for itself. This past fall, Tom took the initiative to help around the park with some shoveling to earn some extra money. When he learned that Jennifer was going through some troubles, he gave the money he earned to his mother so she could cover her rent.
“He gave it to me and said: ‘Here, Mom, put this to what you need it for,” Jennifer said.
Tom wears Husky 14-16 size pants, and Jennifer’s daughter, Jessica, wears 3-4 and size 7 in shoes.
Jennifer said the family could also use food for the holidays.
“The minute I think I start getting things good going for me, it just falls right back in. And I mean, there’s been several times where I just want to give up. I’m not gonna lie, but it’s been a struggle,” Jennifer said. “I’ve made a lot of mistakes, but I will say that I had definitely learned from this experience. And I hope that it never happens again.”
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