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Glimmer of Hope for a Homeless Mother

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Posted: Nov 14, 2012 9:31 PM

Updated: Nov 14, 2012 11:37 PM

HIDALGO COUNTY - A homeless woman in McAllen may soon have a place to call home.

The woman and her two children would spend their nights at a McAllen park. But that soon may be a fading memory.

Cold nights are not common in the Rio Grande Valley. Still, every drop in temperature is a harsh dose of reality for those without a home.

"I never thought I would end up like this," Jessica said.

Jessica and her children were the focus of a CHANNEL 5 NEWS Children of Hope special report.

Jessica and her two children lived at the park. The benches were their beds.

"It's not a good thing to feel (homeless), especially when you have kids. You don't want your kids going through what you're going through ... they're little, they don't know what's going on," Jessica said.

CHANNEL 5 NEWS interviewed Jessica in July. She left the park after the interview and was out of reach for four months. She reappeared in November, this time without her children.

Jessica said Child Protective Services placed them with other family members.

"It's hard because I don't have my kids with me. My son is really small, he just turned a year, and I wasn't there," she said.

Jessica said she knows life on the street is not meant for children.

"I just want my kids with me," she said holding back tears.

Her children no longer are sleeping on cold park benches or dusty concrete slabs.

Her 5-year-old daughter is now enrolled in school. She and her brother get at least three hot meals a day.

"My kids have clothes right now. They have what they need. I just bought them some food," she said.

Jessica's struggles are not over. The young mother is pregnant.

Her pregnancy makes life on the street more difficult.

The outreach Infinite Love gave her blankets. They didn't last long. Thieves left her in the cold.

"I already got my blanket stolen three times," she said.

An end, though, is finally in sight.

"I'm here for a reason. Maybe there is something better for me in my life, down the road. Maybe this is the reason why I have to go through this first before I can get somewhere better," she said.

Jessica will move into an apartment soon. She got a part-time job. Now her goal is to have her children with her before the holidays.

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