As you know, UMOM serves thousands of individuals in Arizona experiencing homelessness including, families, single women and at-risk youth. Every day we meet people and hear stories of the unimaginable hardships they are facing. We wanted to share one of those stories with you about Cindy, a single mother who was living out of her car.
My name is Cindy, and this is my story. Last Christmas, my daughter and I found ourselves out of options. I had just lost my job, my daughter (then 5 years old) was struggling and I was unsure of what to do. We had no family in Arizona to help us with food and shelter. All I had was my car.
My car was where my daughter and I spent Christmas day. It didn’t feel like Christmas. We had no Christmas tree, no home of our own to decorate and I couldn’t even give my daughter any Christmas gifts. I cried the whole day.We got dinner at a local soup kitchen and I triedto hold myself together for my daughter,but it was so hard. At that point, I knew something had to change. I had to change. I had to find a way out of this, for myself, and most importantly, for my daughter.