“You’d be surprised at how few options are available for single fathers. There are more shelters available for mothers and children – not so many for fathers. This has given us a chance to breathe, to get organized. It’s like a new beginning – stability when there was none."

'It's Like a New Beginning'

Michael didn’t tell his two daughters – aged 13 and 9 – that they were moving into a shelter.  When he brought them to La Posada, the Family Emergency Shelter run by Catholic Charities in South Toledo, he just said the family was moving to a new apartment.

He shrugs and says, “I didn’t want them making a scene.  I mean, what kid wants to move into a shelter?

“Of course, it didn’t take them long to figure it out.”

[singlepic id=12 w=320 h=240 float=right]His 9-year-old daughter, Mikeyleh, shifts in her seat and smiles mischievously.  You can see it wouldn’t take her long to figure anything out.

Nowhere to turn

“We were in a bad way,” Michael recalls.  “I’d lost my disability, so I thought I’d better get a handle on things here.  And I did.  We kept it together for three months.  But after that, the money I had ran out and the abject fear set in.

“I had nowhere to turn.  I really didn’t know what I was going to do.  I have these girls to take care of.  “Then, thank God, somebody told me about La Posada, and that kept us from falling into the abyss.”

Needless to say, the abyss is no place for girls as sweet, bright and talented as Michael’s daughters.

“You’d be surprised at how few options are available for single fathers.  There are more shelters available for mothers and children – not so many for fathers.

“This has given us a chance to breathe, to get organized.  It’s like a new beginning – stability when there was none.

“We’re all very grateful.  You can’t even imagine.”

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