It’s Love in Action season!
During some of her darkest days before Getting Ahead, Tacara Howard says she turned to drugs and alcohol to try to cope. She was homeless, living in her car and unemployed all while trying to care for her two sons, ages 9 & 14.
Her 14-year-old son, Kevion, shares a bit of his experience as part of the video premiere set for our Love in Action Gala next Friday (Oct. 7) at Threshold Church in Weddington.
“Just watching your own Mom struggle through stuff like this, no kid should have to go through that,” he said. “I’m not going to say it was the worst pain, but it was a very hard pain to bear.”
Now this precious family of 3 are housed, Tacara is employed and is working with a Common Heart volunteer coach to secure a better job with more benefits and create a future story for her family. Kevion saw a change in his Mom after Getting Ahead and he’s making some changes too. You’ll have the chance to hear more from them and meet them next Friday at the Love in Action Gala. (Get your tickets now at LoveinAction.CommonHeart.org Dress is cocktail/semi-formal).
“I can see it still. Her whole outlook became way more positive. She just became better,” he said. “From the stuff that she was telling me, I learned how to surround myself with more positive, more good people. People that could help me grow.”
The need for Getting Ahead focus/empowerment groups (and hope!) are very real in our community. You can help put Love in Action by donating, attending our Gala next Friday (Oct. 7) or spreading the word on your social media … and maybe even start a Facebook fundraiser?
You can donate, become a fundraiser and/or buy tickets online at LoveInAction.CommonHeart.org.