Minnesota Woman Finding Hope After Homelessness

“People who are homeless are not social inadequates.  They are people without homes.”  – Shiela McKechnie, Scottish housing campaigner and consumer activist

Everyone’s life changed in 2020 when Covid-19 hit American soil. But for some, those changes have been a blessing in disguise. A perfect example of this is a woman in Minnesota who has been homeless for 10 years and is now being given an opportunity to move into a Salvation Army run apartment complex. The article about Deb Albach’s story, written by Randy Petersen, was shared in the Brainerd Dispatch.

Most people recognize that life on the street is very hard. What they don’t understand, however, is that the longer a person remains homeless, the more often their hope of getting off the street drains away year after year. And after a while, they begin to disbelieve it will ever happen. So when Deb Albach applied for and was approved to receive an apartment 10 years after ending up on the street due to overwhelming medical expenses and a personal tragedy, she remained doubtful it was real even after receiving her keys.

But now that Albach is certain the apartment is real, she is looking forward to moving in.  After that, she expects to face the challenge of feeling enclosed within four walls – a common experience long-term homeless have when they move into a confined space after living in the open air for so long.  However, she recognizes her apartment is a step in the right direction and an opportunity to rebuild her life for the better.

To read the entire article from Randy Petersen about Deb Albach’s story, click here.

We, at Sheltering Grace, welcome donations for the homeless mothers and babies we serve. Please contact us at 678-337-7858 to learn how you can help. Each mother and baby will be truly grateful for your kindness.

Sheltering Grace Ministry, Ltd. is a 501(c)3 Ltd. non-profit ministry. We resolve the initial crisis of homelessness by providing mothers with a safe place to live during pregnancy. We also equip them with the tools they need to improve decision-making, enhance employment options, and increase family income to act responsibly as the head of their household. All of our services develop their self-reliance to progress to permanent independent living. Please join us in renewing and rebuilding the lives of these brave women – #Be1of5000.

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