Britney, a young woman with five children, became homeless with one of her children. The other children had found places to stay with family. Life without a home was very difficult, and Britney sank into substance abuse. As her life grew increasingly complicated, she was in danger of losing her child. Fortunately, she was referred to St. Vincent de Paul Louisville.
SVDP opened the door to resources she didn’t know were available. The staff helped her work on her substance abuse problems and helped her find a place she could afford to live. The organization provided her with furniture she never had, even before she became homeless, including a couch, kitchen table, and beds.
As she managed her situation better, she became hopeful of bringing her family back together. But to do that, she would need a permanent home with space for five children and the financial security to afford those necessities like house payments, groceries, clothes and more. But thanks to St. Vincent de Paul Louisville, Britney had a plan.
Britney is now employed helping others as a peer support specialist and hopes to go back to school to become a therapist. She has all five of her children and has just purchased her first house.
“St. Vincent de Paul Louisville helped me find the resources and the support I needed to become self-sufficient and provide a home for all five of my kids,” says Britney.
When asked about SVDP, Britney says, “they [SVDP] change lives. They lend a helping hand when you’re down. They believed in me when I needed someone to do just that. St. Vincent de Paul cares about people.”