• Emily Neal

12 Days of Impact- Sand

A few months ago, United Housing Connections welcomed Sandra and her five children into our family as we moved them into a three bedroom home in Greenville. As groups like Hands on Greenville came to her home to help with painting and beautification projects, Sandra and her five children were alongside them smiling and laughing. Since moving in, they’ve taken pride in their home, even decorating it festively for the holidays.

But what you can’t see from the outside of their home is the journey that brought this family of six to United Housing Connections. A victim of domestic violence, Sandra escaped from her home only having the chance to take her children and the clothes on their backs. Once inside their home, this past was revealed as you looked around only to find an air mattress, mattress and an old couch meant to sleep a family in six. Since they first moved in, Sandra has added two more mattresses so that no one has to sleep on the floor anymore, but they’re still doubled up in sleeping arrangements.

This past Giving Tuesday, our community came around Sandra’s family and raised enough to give them a set of bunk beds, ensuring that each family member gets a goodnight’s sleep. While United Housing Connections provides the housing, we rely on the strong support we have found in our communities and neighborhoods to turn every house into a home. Our mission is to provide those in need with safe, decent, affordable housing, with our community supporting that mission and lifting up those we serve by giving them a dignified life and home.

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