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Program helps female homeless vets

By Juan Carlos Fanjul - bio | email

NEAR LAKE WORTH, FL (WFLX) - Nine-year-old Jaylin Brown is ecstatic about finally having a bed. "This is my bed. I can sleep on it and have sleepovers."

Right now, she's sleeping on the floor.

Mom Barbara Williams isn't doing much better. She's on the couch at a relative's house -- both are homeless. "It's very tough, very tough."

That's why mom and daughter were smiling ear to ear as they toured their new home near Lake Worth Wednesday.

"I love the new cabinets," said Brown as she walked into the kitchen.

The two room and one bathroom duplex apartment is a God send for this single mother.

A veteran of Desert Storm with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, she was doing fine until the economy tanked and she lost it all. "I lost my job at Wachovia Bank, and then I lost my apartment."

But she thanks her lucky stars for hearing of a unique program that is helping single mother veterans just like her.

Faith, Hope, Love, Charity, Inc. is run by Roy Foster, a 2009 Top 10 CNN Hero who has worked with homeless veterans in Palm Beach County for over a decade. "After fulfilling her mission, there's no reason for her to be in the position of being homeless or at the verge of homelessness," he said.

The group operates the Stand Down house on 4309 Davis Road which provides temporary housing for male veterans.

Foster just renovated two duplexes next door to house female veterans who are also down and out.

The female program, he says, is only one of two in the entire country.

Mom, Jaylin and her sister are the first to move in on Saturday. Three other apartments will soon be available for single mothers and families.

The homes are temporary -- enough for moms to go to school or get a job and save money. Barbara is getting her Bachelor's degree in Health Administration at Palm Beach State College.

For more information on the organization and how you can get in touch with organizers go to: http://www.standown.org/

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