When Mr. Smith became ill and was no longer able to work in construction after 13 years in the field, the Smith Family moved to Greenville to live with family. They soon realized that there were too many people in the house, and Mr. and Mrs. Smith and their 16 year old son moved into a motel. With the family unable to find affordable housing, Mrs. Smith called 2-1-1 for help with shelter, where she was directed to United Ministries Interfaith Hospitality Network (GAIHN). After intake and interview, the Smith family was accepted into the program.

With previous work experience at Wal-Mart, Mrs. Smith was able to get a part-time job at a local Wal-Mart. Recently, she was promoted to a department management position. Mr. Smith was able to find a job at Wal-Mart, as well, in the bakery.

Their son is a senior at Greenville High School and will graduate with honors. He has been accepted into college on a scholarship.

With the help of Homes of Hope, the Smiths were able to purchase the house where they were placed with GAIHN. We are pleased to come alongside the Smith Family on their journey to housing stability and self-sufficiency.

–Jody Fails, Family Advocate, Interfaith Hospitality Network

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