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'Being at Miriam House Helped Me and My Family'

As Tiffany and her two sons, Lorenzo and Josiah, sat and played in the Miriam House living room, there was no question this place was once home. Now the family lives in their own home, but they still come back to visit the place that gave them new hope.

Tiffany and her four children moved to Miriam House in spring 2013 after she and her husband separated.

“My husband and I bought a house in New Mexico together, and it didn’t work out between us,” Tiffany said.

“My children and I stayed with my in-laws before we came back to Ohio to stay with my family. But when I got back to Norwalk, there was no room, and it was a lot of stress being back around my family.”

After being home for a few months, Tiffany made a phone call to Miriam House.

Located in Norwalk, Miriam House is a transitional housing program that offers safe and stable housing to homeless women and their children.

“I never thought I would be in a position where I would need help,” she said.

“Times got kind of hard, and I had to figure something out. I thought maybe I could come here and get myself back together,” Tiffany recalled.

The family of five moved into Miriam House a few days later. Tiffany said that it was stressful at first, but after some time, Miriam House became a safe place where our staff became like family.

“I liked that we could play outside, watch T.V. and play on the playground,” said 11-year-old Lorenzo as his four-year-old brother Josiah sat next to him nodding his head in agreement.
Tiffany used her time at Miriam House to go back to school for her high school diploma.

“At first I kept saying, ‘I couldn’t do it.’ It was hard having to take care of my kids, go to work and get the credits I needed to graduate. I think being here helped me because I was able to talk to someone. I was never able to talk to anyone before about my situation.”

With encouragement from Miriam House staff, Tiffany was able to finish her credits and receive her diploma.

“I am now in school at the Ohio Business College in Sandusky for my degree in Medical Administration,” she said proudly.

Tiffany secured a house four months after she moved into the Miriam House. She attributes her success to the help she received while living there.

“I appreciate all that they have done. Being at Miriam House helped me and my family. Thank you to all who make Miriam House possible.”

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