Latesha and son

Article & Photographs by Maggie Lynn

Losing a family member is difficult even when everything else is going right. For someone trying to break the cycle of helplessness, it can be the event that knocks you down. But after losing her mother to a prolonged illness, Latesha knew she needed to rise above the challenges in her life and make a change for good.

Leaving Florida behind, she came to Savannah looking to rebuild her life and create a future of hope for her four sons. She looked online to find somewhere that would give her the tools she needed to create that brighter future – her search led her to Union Mission’s Magdalene House, an emergency shelter for women with children.

“It was hard for everybody at first because nobody wants to leave home or expects to come and stay at a shelter. I work and I save as much as I can save because I have to help myself and my kids.”

Within two weeks, Latesha found a job and by the end of her 90 days at Magdalene House, she had saved enough money to move her family into their own apartment. Now, she says, they have a fresh start and a chance at a new life.

“Union Mission helped me out and it helps a lot of families out. They do as much as they can,” she explained. “Even in my situation, in my future, I’m going to support them and help families because they helped my family.”

The support you shared with Union Mission made it possible for Latesha to find help and safety for herself and her children when they had nowhere else to turn. Thank you for making change possible in our community!