Jean, a 39 year old single mother from Houston, moved to Midland with her 6 month old daughter in October 2015 to pursue a job. She took a leap of faith and moved here blindly, with no family or friends close by. She managed to find a one bedroom apartment for $1,000 per month.
After living paycheck to paycheck, Jean was forced to make the tough decision between buying the necessities her baby needed or paying her rent. Soon after, they were evicted and living in her car. She and her daughter slept in her Nissan Versa at the truck stop near Coahoma. She searched women’s homeless shelters and found Midland Fair Havens where she set up an appointment immediately. They placed her and her daughter in a hotel room until she was accepted into the program. Midland Fair Havens has helped her feel safe, loved and comforted.
After a 20 year break, she re-enrolled in college and graduated with her Associate’s Degree in May 2017 from Midland College. She is now attending UTPB and majoring in Social Work, where she currently has a 3.76 GPA and is set to graduate May 2019. She also serves as a mentor and “big sister” to the other women in the program at MFH.