Thankful for a New Start: The Story of Two Brave Little Girls2
By Sam & Dee Orange, Homes of Hope residents
On September 3, 2011 I married the sweetest man I had ever met with plans to travel and enjoy one another as husband and wife. We were in our early forties with no plans to have children, but after six weeks as newlyweds we received a call from the Department of Social Services asking us to consider taking custody of two of my maternal cousins. At the hands of their biological mother and step father, the girls had endured one of the worst cases of abuse I had ever seen.
With very little time to decide, my husband Sam and I prayed and asked God for guidance and on February 7th we became instant parents to two of the cutest little girls, at that time six and eight years old! We quickly learned that our journey would not be as easy as we had anticipated, but were convinced that stability for the girls would be half our battle. We also realized early on that we were going to need better living accommodations for the girls.
With the help of Homes of Hope we are able to give our girls just that -- a stable home, and most importantly a safe home. Being able to move into our home at Chicora Crest was perfect for us, it’s a beautiful home and affordable.
Now almost two years later, we have two vibrant, outgoing little girls who have found their place in this world and are living life to the fullest. As they continue to grow and meet their goals, Sam and I are working toward our own goals and becoming homeowners is at the top of our list!
Unfortunately we can't erase our girls’ bad memories, but our plan is to overload them with good memories and hopefully one day there won't be enough room for the bad ones. We will forever be grateful to Homes of Hope for helping us fulfill our duties as new parents to these sweet girls who so desperately needed a NEW START!!!!!
At Homes of Hope we strive to mirror Jesus, who promises a "new start" to any who might call to Him. We do this through restoring communities and lives by developing energy efficient affordable housing and by providing job training and mentoring to men overcoming addictions.
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