Goal of Homeownership

Audrey and kidsAudrey and her children entered The Home Connection from an emergency shelter in September of 2018. Her family began experiencing homelessness after falling behind on rent and facing eviction. 

March 2018: Emily’s Rebirth

Emily and her three children, Lilly Ann - 12, Abraham – 7, and Karson – 6, came to Hawthorn Hill’s The Home Connection program from House of Mercy by way of Leon, Iowa. .

A New Beginning for Tracy

New Beginning for TracyTracy, 53 years old, came to Hawthorn Hill's New Directions Shelter with her 21-year-old Jazlyn and Jazlyn's two young sons Jamir and Jaiden from Waterloo. Tracy and Jazlyn were accepted into the West Des Moines Rapid Rehousing program.

A Future Engineer

An Engineer - Fiyin GraduatesTayo and his 5 children have been in The Home Connection program since January 2014. This spring Tayo's oldest son Fiyin graduated from high school and started full time at Iowa State University Fall semester of 2016.

Amie’s Story

Amie Turk and daughterWhen Amie and her newborn daughter arrived at New Directions Shelter in October 2014, her life changed forever. She now lives in an apartment, has a shift supervisor job, does volunteer work, and believes she is now a better mother.

Juanita’s New Beginning

Juanita and kidsAfter moving her children from Texas, Juanita successfully completing a chemical dependency treatment program, joined the Home Connection program and enrolled in the social worker program at DMACC.

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