My name is Jovet and I am a mother of two beautiful girls. I learned the hard way that life, in general is not easy, let alone being a mother. In 2016, life was especially not friendly. I ended up being homeless that year. I had a full time job and a vehicle, yet I couldn’t afford a place on my own with my girls. Plus, at that time (and now) my ex-husband was keeping my elder daughter from me. However, I was determined to stop cruising couches and leaving my daughter with family all of the time. I was continuously on the hunt for a place. Finally, and thankfully Family Promise said they had room for us and I was approved! I was so grateful. Between the interviews that Mike and Mark conducted, I knew I was going to acquire new skills on this new adventure. I had to learn. I was homeless as a small child, but 20 years makes memories fuzzy. I was going to do whatever it took to never be in this situation again. I refused to put my daughter in that situation ever again. (She was under the age of one at this time, thankfully.) I wanted to learn from my mistakes. Thanks to my family at Family Promise, I did.
Since 2016 to now, Family Promise has been by my side. Them being there for me while in and out of their housing means a lot to me. The people there took care of me and my Chaeli. They were not only there to help me financially, but emotionally as well. The staff was there when I needed a shoulder to cry on. They were there when I needed a kick in the butt. They educated me on needs and wants, self-discipline, self-sacrifice, and many more things. It means the world to me to have an entire building of people all working towards helping me achieve my happily ever after. That doesn’t even include the thousands of volunteers they’ve recruited over the years. The miraculous energy and effort they put in everyday for every family they house is beautiful. Family Promise means more to me than they could know.
Family Promise has helped me to become a wise spender, a budget keeper, and a list maker. They helped me express my feelings in a healthier way to not only friends, but family and rude social workers. They taught me that it isn’t always about the bottom-line being perfect, but about you doing your best and living life at the same time. They knew I could handle the cruel cold world, I just needed a help guide in the beginning. Life is hard, people! Do not ever give up though, because you’ve already survived 100% of your worst days, and tomorrow is still coming.