Who are the families at IHN?
The story of Tosha:
Tosha, along with her 3-year-old daughter Josey and 18-month old son Braden, came to the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Warren County after spending a full week sleeping in their car. Tosha had lived her entire life in Warren County except for the last several months. She went to Mississippi to make a new life with the children’s father. When the father abused Josey, Tosha left to be with family. When the family was going to lose their housing, Tosha and the children stayed in the car. She called Children’s Services on herself saying that she could not find a place to stay and maybe they should take the children.
Children’s’ services sent Tosha to visit us at IHNWC. While with us we found that Tosha was “hard on the outside and soft on the inside”. In other words, she was one tough cookie and one special lady. She would do what she needed to make a life for her and the children. She had found a part time job and made some calls about housing. She jumped right into this program. She stayed in touch with the support that Children’s Services provided. She followed the case plan, connected to all services, got the children into daycare and even was awarded a full time position by the end of her first week. She moved into housing in record time.
Little Josey loved being at IHNWC. Her favorite place is in our play kitchen, where she whips up pretend “maschter taters with cheese” for everyone to eat. At the hosting congregation, she loves to eat and to share all of her stories with her big smile and all the animation that only a 3-year-old can share. Little Braden had all the volunteers in love as he happily puts his arms up to be held and give kisses. This family is an example of a family that has not only survived, but thrived at IHNWC.
After the first night, I asked Tosha how her night went. She looked at me and said, “How can I complain. I have food to eat, and new friends to share with. We are not in our car and my children are happy. I am indeed grateful”.
Tosha will be housed by the end of Summer 2017.
A prior guest enjoying some time outside.