"I am writing this with a humble heart and a great deal of gratitude to Wesley Housing. I was a single mom. My husband left me early in my pregnancy and I found myself struggling to support my daughter and myself. I babysat five small children during the week. I was a janitor in the evenings, and I cleaned two apartments on Saturdays. Frequently, I carried my daughter on my back as I worked. I slept little and worried a great deal. I spent most of my salary on rent.
"One Sunday, someone suggested that I talk with Wesley Housing to see if I was eligible to live in their newly built apartments. I moved in on Dec. 27, 1978—a wonderful Christmas present. My rent was based on my income. It was a beautiful two bedroom townhouse, new and clean, safe, and perfect!
"The day I moved out of my apartment I returned to it before I turned in my keys. I sat alone in the middle of the empty living room and cried as I thanked God for the people of Wesley Housing who offered me dignity, compassion, and grace when I needed it the most.
"I now have three beautiful children. I have a degree from Wesley Theological Seminary and I am blessed to be the pastor of Sleepy Hollow UMC. It was the people of Wesley Housing who helped me believe in myself and answer my call to ministry. God bless them!"