Ms. Wilson* is a mom of five children ages 5, 7, 12, 14 and 16. She worked two jobs and nearly 60 hours a week to make ends meet, but when COVID hit, she was laid off from both. She found herself unable to provide for her family and after a month of unpaid rent, the Wilsons were sleeping in a 15-year-old minivan.
The family was connected to Seton Youth Shelters, a funded partner of United Way of South Hampton Roads, for temporary housing for the three older children. The youngest siblings were under Seton’s age limit but were able to stay with a friend temporarily. During the 44 days the three Wilsons stayed at Seton, they were able to focus on their virtual education while mom worked on finding a job and saving for an apartment.
They talked to their mom every day, always reporting they had finished the day’s school assignments, and enjoyed spending time with other kids facing challenges like theirs. Soon mom found stable employment and an affordable apartment. The Wilsons were reunited in a new home and thankful Seton provided the support their family needed to overcome a tough time and get back on their feet.
*Name changed to protect privacy