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A Dream is Within Reach Thanks to an Affordable Place to Call Home

Pictured: Darniece and her eldest daughter, Brianna.

When Darniece first stepped into her new apartment at Adopt-A-Family, her eyes lit up in excitement. For a number of months, home wasn’t a certainty for Darniece and her three children, ranging in ages from eight to thirteen. On this day, she knew she was finally home. Prior to joining Adopt-A-Family’s homeownership program, Service Enriched Housing, Darniece was living day-to-day at a local hotel, lacking the stability necessary for a healthy home environment. She resorted to leaving most of her personal belongings in storage.

One day this spring, Darniece received a call from Adopt-A-Family that there was an opening in Service Enriched Housing. She hasn’t looked back since.

Today, Darniece and her children have moved in to a beautiful and newly renovated apartment at Adopt-A-Family, which was made possible by a generous grant award from the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties. “My goal is to buy a home and I’m grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the program,” shared Darniece. “To have a case manager in my corner helping me to navigate the challenges and complexities of credit, in addition to setting a realistic budget; I’m certain my financial goals and dream of homeownership will be in reach.”

Darniece is a shift supervisor at a local Lake Worth business with hopes to advance to store supervisor or director position soon.

When she speaks about her three children, her face brightens with a smile. “Brianna, my 13-year-old, loves school. She’s made honor roll each of the past three years. The same goes for my 8-year-old,” said Darniece.

“My ten-year-old son James, on the other hand, has historically struggled in school. He’s made a great deal of progress this year and worked hard toward making gains in reading and writing. The highlight of his year was making safety patrol this spring and honor roll for the first time! I’m excited for my kids and their future. I couldn’t be a prouder mom.”

Thank you to our funders and supporters for making stories like Darniece’s possible.