Yesenia and Angel

After nine years of bouncing around extended families’ homes and motels, Yesenia and Angel finally have a place to call home. Yesenia, Angel, and their children Xavier and Evelyn, were living with Angel’s family when the home was foreclosed. With nowhere else to go, Yesenia, Angel, and the children moved into the Valencia Inn in January. With Angel continuing his full-time employment, the family could afford an apartment but needed help with move in costs. By word of mouth, Yesenia heard of the Illumination Foundation’s Motel Families Outreach Program. Their Case Manager advocated on their behalf and the family was approved for financial assistance through the Motel Families Program. The financial assistance made it necessary for the family to start building their new lives. After months of searching, Yesenia finally found a cozy apartment for her family in October. This new place to call their own was just in time to welcome the newest member of the family, baby Adian. With help, Yesenia and Angel furnished their new apartment and have settled into their community. “Getting our own apartment has been great,” Yesenia says. “We finally get to be on our own, set our own rules, and continue building our family.”