From Homeless to Married

3/12/20 This was our last actual home visit before the Coronavirus struck Boone County and the mayor enacted a stay-at-home order. The home visit team met J(age 50) and her friend R(age 52) at a local homeless shelter. They talked a little about how they ended up there – R went downhill emotionally after caring for his ailing mother and she passed away. J had a college degree and had once held various middle-class jobs before illness and other challenges sent her life sliding downhill. The pair had a strong belief in God and attended the local Catholic Church when they could. R was employed at a factory, J was recuperating from hand surgery and in training for a support job in the mental health field. Unfortunately their poor financial histories made landlords wary of taking a chance on them. After several apartments fell thru they finally got an OK and SVDP helped them with part of the first month’s rent. They were thrilled to finally get their own place! Two weeks later the volunteer got a text from the couple that they had gotten married!