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Viewers help homeless Raleigh family facing shelter deadline

Posted June 3, 2013 9:25 a.m. EDT
Updated June 3, 2013 1:00 p.m. EDT

— After WRAL News reported Friday that a mother and her two sons had to leave a Raleigh homeless shelter and had nowhere to go, viewers called to offer their support.

Jenn, who asked that her and her sons' last names not be used, said she failed to save enough of her income – one of the Raleigh Rescue Mission's criteria for staying there – and would have to leave the shelter by Tuesday.

Many viewers reached out to offer their support to help Jenn and her sons – 10-year-old "C" and 4-year-old Nalo – get an apartment. As of Monday morning, the details were still being worked out, but WRAL News has learned that Jenn and her sons will have a place to stay come Tuesday. The shelter has pledged to help her through the transition and will allow her to stay until the details of her next move are worked out.

Jenn said she appreciates what the rescue mission has done for her family and says she has no hard feelings against the organization.

Although she works at Subway, the 34-year-old single mother said she didn't have enough money for a first month's rent and security payment for an apartment. Adding to her struggle, Jenn said she just received the official diagnosis that her youngest son, Nalo, has autism.

She left her family and friends in a small Mississippi town last summer and moved her sons to North Carolina’s capital, a place she once visited when she was younger, hoping to find more opportunity in a bigger city.