Emerging Stronger After Tragedy: Dama’s Story

Despite an improving economy, poverty and homelessness rates continue to rise in single-mother households. To support these single mothers and struggling parents, INMED provides case managers to work with families who are on the brink of homelessness. These caring counselors provide knowledge, resources, and support for parents like Dama to stay in their homes and provide for their children.

Dama, a mother of two, is originally from Togo. She joined her husband in the U.S. after a car accident left him completely paralyzed. Dama struggled to take care of her family while her husband resided in a long-term care facility. She spoke very little English and lacked reliable transportation, greatly narrowing her job opportunities. Dama worked a few hours a week bagging groceries and received some disability benefits through her husband. However, her income was a mere $900 per month—very little for a family to live on.

“When she [my mom] had problems, she didn’t know what to do about it. Now if she has a problem she knows exactly where to go, and I’m very thankful for that.”

 
Prior to joining INMED’s Family Homelessness Prevention Program, Dama and her children were sharing a bedroom in a friend’s home. When her friend planned to move away, Dama had to find her family a new place to live. She was unable to afford her own apartment or find someone willing to rent a single bedroom for three people. Then, tragedy struck when Dama’s husband passed away.

With the help of INMED’s program, Dama was able to find a place to live, learn to speak English, and move from having a part-time, unskilled job to having a full-time position of responsibility. Despite all of the hardships she faced, Dama was able to achieve economic self-sufficiency. INMED’s assistance did not go unnoticed by her son, who was grateful to see security and stability return to their home,

“When she had problems, she didn’t know what to do about it,” he said. “Now if she has a problem she knows exactly where to go, and I’m very thankful for that.”

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