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10 Year Challenge - From Shelter to Homeowners

10 Year Challenge - From Shelter to Homeowners


A few years ago the #10yearschallenge popped up on Facebook. The idea behind the challenge was simple. Post a photo of yourself from a decade ago next to a current one to highlight the growth or wear-and-tear that had taken place over the years. Dan and Malin had a 10 years challenge of their own. In 2011 Dan decided to try his hand in a new industry after owning his own pool cleaning service. The shift proved to be more difficult than expected. Financial hardship and an eviction notice soon followed. Malin began looking for resources and heard about Family Promise through word of mouth. When the family of four was one week away from the date that they needed to be out of their apartment, they packed up their then one year-old son and five year-old daughter and entered our Emergency Shelter program.

Malin describes this moment as the “worst and best time” of her life. It was difficult for her to accept that they were homeless. It was also a reminder to not take things for granted and to cherish the people in their lives not the things they had. Despite moving weekly to various congregations through our former rotational model, the family found solace in keeping up a routine and bonding with other families in the program.

When asked about their experience, Dan and Malin spoke about how kind and welcoming people wer