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Story of Resilience: Lavonne's Story

My name is Lavonne and I am a 48-year-old mom of four and one grandson. We moved to Georgia in 2008 after a difficult time. In 2020, due to the pandemic and financial challenges, I moved into an extended stay hotel. I had not planned to be there as long as I did but we had no other choice but to remain in that place until things were better. So much happened to us during this pandemic. My youngest son finished his senior year as a graduate of the class of 2020. It was a very bittersweet time. My oldest daughter and grandson then also found themselves in the hard time.

After some time, I saw a flyer about programs assisting people with their first month’s rent and deposit if we were able to be approved for an apartment. After a few weeks of searching, I applied for a unit at an apartment complex. The office manager was familiar with the Cobb Motel to Homes project because they had previously worked with other programs in Cobb County. Unfortunately, the program that was working with me ran out of funding right when we were approved for a unit. We were very disappointed when we received the news, but the property manager at the extended stay suggested we talk with the folks at Community Restoration Project. I spoke with Mike Boozer on January 7th. Everything he asked for I had to turn in. On January 8th, Mike and Community Restoration Project paid my first month’s rent and deposit. My family and I were able to move in on the January 9th.

I would really like to thank Mr. Boozer for all his help and the wonderful spirit that God has placed on the organization for helping people like me and my family.

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