My name is Robyn and I want to tell you what Adopt a Family means to me and my daughter, Violet, who is almost 2 years old. But first, I want to tell you about Community Housing Network. I was three months pregnant with Violet when I left an abusive relationship. I could not imagine what it would be like to be homeless with a baby. But I knew I had to leave.
I was so stressed out that I had a nervous breakdown. I was also diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I was living in a shelter when my advocate told me about the Community Housing Network, CHN, who helped me find a small condo to rent. Three months before Violet was born, I was able to move in. I come from a poor family and growing up I went to 14 different schools. I’ve never lived anywhere longer that three years—and that was only once. I’ve moved at least 25 times, probably more, but I lost count. Our home is a dream come true—a place where we can live for a very long time.
Last December we were able to be a part of Adopt a Family. As soon as we walked into the event, Violet ran over to a child’s desk. She loved it! I was so happy when I found out it was one of our gifts! There was a box at Adopt a Family filled with ornaments and other things that people could go through and take what they wanted.
That night, I went through our Christmas ornaments. So I packed up a lot of them and the next day took them back to the Adopt a Family room so I could share them with others. And I was so glad to be able to help wrap presents for other families still to come to Adopt a Family. I like helping other people, but with a baby and my illness, it’s hard to plan that in advance.
That desk is now in Violet’s room and we do all kinds of art projects there. It’s her favorite thing in our home.