Family House opens doors to expecting, homeless women

Family House opens doors to expecting, homeless women

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

A big change happened for an eleven-day-old baby, her mom and dad.

They went from being homeless, to sleeping with a roof over their heads.

Family Promise of Lubbock opened it's doors to the Spirit House. It's a shelter for two families, that caters specifically to pregnant women.   

"Being homeless is overwhelming, but to walk into a place and they're giving you everything you need. That's definitely overwhelming too," Lakeisha Guinyard, a single mother of four and a former resident of Family Promise, said.

Guinyard lived at the Family Promise home for three months.

"I called on a Thursday, came in for an interview the next day, and I moved in on Saturday," Guinyard explained.

At the time, her youngest was a year old. The Spirit House gives homeless women who are expecting a safe and comfortable place to live and raise a child.

"They've maybe been used to being homeless and on the streets, but their new concern is for their baby and now they're motivated to put their life together and make the changes they need," Executive Director, Doug Morris, said.

The program guides the families in saving money, while they bond with their newborns.

"Well the first requirement is that I worked and I saved at least ninety-percent of the things of my check. If I could save one hundred percent, that's exactly what I did because they gave me all the things that I needed," Guinyard said. "So I saved everything which helped me when I moved. I mean three to four months of saving everything, yeah, if you're smart you're definitely going to be set up when you move."

In the last two years, 23 families have completed the program and live independently.

"If you just put them in an apartment or a home you've changed their location, but not their situation and we want to change their situation so it's lasting so they never have to experience homelessness again," Morris said.

Guinyard moved out of the house in December. Now, she has a job, is attending nursing school and doesn't have to worry about money.

"It means the world be a mother who is able to give the children exactly what they need as well as what they want," she said.

In five to ten years, her goal is to be finished with school, own a home, travel and remind her children about Family Promise.

"The thought of the smiles on their faces, them being able to know they have a home to go to, to know where we've come from, that's just a feeling I can't describe," she said.

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