Tanya Adams closes on her new home in two weeks, and she could not be more excited. However, it has not been easy. The single mother spent time in prison before getting her life back on track.
"I just felt like I was never going to be anything, but I realized I wanted something different for my kids and I had to do what I had to do," Adams said.
Jeanne Tedrow is executive director of Passage Home, an organization that provided transitional housing, job counseling and money management to help Adams succeed. Passage Home is a partnership of eight churches working together to encourage home ownership and revitalize neighborhoods.
"There are so many wonderful people, families and children who are living in the neighborhood who, like Tanya, want a better life for themselves and their children," Tedrow said.
Another southeast Raleigh neighborhood is next on the agenda for Passage Home. In the meantime, organizers will share in Adams' joy of moving in, just in time for Christmas.
"This is my Christmas gift to me. If I don't get anything else, I got this," Adams said.
Passage Home relies on public and private funds as well as volunteers from the churches and neighborhoods.
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