The couple welcomed daughter Journey last summer. The baby’s name seems to encompass the spirit of the family’s experience. “I just want to get to a point where I’m not worried about paying next month’s rent; I want to be able to be stable in a job, get back to school,” said Jessica. “I have my daughter, and my three-year-old son, and I would just like, from here, to stop [the cycle of homelessness] with us. We have to have something to show our kids when they’re older.”
The family found P4H’s Union Street Place as a temporary home. P4H case workers helped Jessica find a job and get the family connected to resources in the area. During the spring, P4H helped the couple move to their own apartment, and provide furnishings for their new place. Joaquim cares for Journey while Jessica is at work, and the couple is working with legal services to help Joaquim get his paperwork in order so he can get a job and Jessica can go back to school.