Do you have a favorite family recipe? One that brings back memories of home?
Maybe you were one of those kids who, on cold and blustery winter days, after walking home from school, opened the door and the smell of banana bread would be wafting through the house. You felt very loved in that moment.
The truth is my mother was not a great cook. My favorite family meals included meatloaf, stuffed green peppers, and TV dinners (I really liked the TV dinners!). With these meals, though simple, my parents showed me and my sisters that no matter what, they loved us and would provide for us.
For Sonya, a mom in a Housing Families’ program, her favorite family recipe was cobbled together during a difficult time. Domestic violence has caused Sonya to experience housing instability for a long time. To protect her children, she had to move them away from their friends and away from their home.
Although Housing Families’ shelter was not home as they knew it, it was a safe refuge.
After she escaped an abusive relationship, Sonya and her children were facing
the holidays alone. She gathered what limited food she had in the refrigerator
and while hiding back tears prepared macaroni and cheese - what she felt was a “terrible holiday meal.” As she served this meal to her children, feelings of
guilt and sadness overtook Sonya. She felt “like the worst mother in the world” serving her children macaroni and cheese for their holiday meal.
She felt she had failed her children as a mom.
Sonya was surprised when both of her children exclaimed how delicious the meal was. They loved it. She realized in that moment that the magic of the holidays is being together in a safe, warm home.
Thanks to your support, Sonya and her family are now safe, and the meal she thought was a “terrible holiday meal” is now the most requested dish at
every birthday party, holiday event and family celebration. Supporters like you helped give Sonya and her kids the gift of peace, safety, and stability. Last year we sheltered over 140 families, helped 43 families move into their own housing, kept over 250 families from eviction, and gave 213 kids counseling and tutoring. And when I say “we,” I mean you. Our families’ needs are great, and with your help, we will ensure more families will live in a safe home, creating fond memories, and sharing treasured family recipes.
A gift of even $50 can help families like Sonya’s start a new chapter. Please donate today!
CEO, Housing Families Inc.
919 Eastern Ave
Malden, MA 02148