When most people think of settling down and starting a family, a white picket fence and dinner on the table at 5 is usually involved. Sadly, this wasn’t the case for Alice and Josh. Alice and Josh moved from Georgia to the Las Vegas area in hopes of starting a new life in a new city. With their two young children by their side, they were forced on to the streets after their moving arrangements fell through. With no place to stay and four mouths to feed, Josh went on the search for a new job. Josh and Alice chose to keep their struggle for survival from their 2 and 3 year-old little girls because they didn’t want them to worry.
The couple is extremely grateful for local shelters that have provided Alice and the children a safe place to stay. Sadly, the shelter did not allow men, and Josh heroically slept alone on the streets. Josh is one of the most dedicated fathers I have ever seen in action. He talks of his acts as if it is nothing, yet he worked constantly to find work to support his family. Alice and Josh attended Can You Spare A Story’s Priceless Pop-Up Shop on July 29th getting new clothes for all members of the family. As they told me their story, I saw the strength and dedication of two young parents erupt right before my eyes. Josh had found a job where he could afford a space for the family in a few weeks time.
Both Alice and Josh say that never giving up hope in the Lord has helped them survive. I truly believe that their love and dedication for their children made their success a necessity instead of an option. The idea of having children on the streets is one that no parent could even imagine. The time that these individuals spent on the streets tested every bit of their strength. I am so grateful to have had the honor of meeting both Alice and Josh. If they are ever reading this, I want them to know that I admire them both more than they will ever know. I hope you think of Alice and Josh as you rest your head today happily knowing your family is safe tonight. Some people don’t have the luxuries we overlook, be grateful for what you have.
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