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Reflections on My Time with Family Promise

by Julie Davis

Today my husband, our daughter Jellie Austin and I helped set rooms up for the families at the new

shelter that was built on 3rd St in Missoula. It took me back and I remember being a single mom and homeless with 3 kids. I worked through Missoula Works with Paige Pavalone having my back and helping me land a great Job with an awesome boss named Cindy.

I was struggling looking for housing and being denied over and over by property management company's and paying application fees over and over again feeling let down because I wanted to give a better life to my kids. Jen Certa the Director of Family Promise at the time matched me with Heather China Sands who never gave up on my family and is still to this day Auntie Heather to all my kids.

The support of people from different churches and volunteers like Jane Kisselbach, Lorraine Carlson, Vicke Schend, Becky Wilson Boehmer, Randy Boehmer, Nancy Marks, Limitless Ministries and many more kept me on my feet and had faith in me when I didn't.

Almost 5 years later I am married and our family grew to a blended family with my husband and all 7 of our kids. I have been blessed by God over and over and I thank Him everyday.

This shelter brought tears to my eyes for joy knowing that so many families will be helped and so many kids will have a safe place to be until their family's get back on their feet. I am so glad we got to experience this and see how the YWCA and Family Promise have the same mission to help those in need. I love you all so much. Thank you!❤ ❤ ❤

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