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We Want to Get 40 Families Home for the Holidays. Can You Help?

Categories: Housing, Homeless Aid, First Place Family Center, Emergency Assistance
Author: SVdP staff
Date: Thursday, December 5 2013
Shawn and Crystal were preparing for the birth of their daughter when they got into housing last year

Life wasn't looking so jolly for Shawn and Crystal last December.

The couple was homeless, alternating between staying with friends and sleeping in their car. Crystal was struggling through a difficult pregnancy with their first child.

Shawn and Crystal were approved for an apartment and had enough money to pay the first and last month's rent. However, they couldn't come up with enough cash to put down a deposit.

Then people like you stepped in.

In the weeks before Christmas they finally got some good news. A Home for the Holidays, a St. Vincent de Paul program championed by Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy and long-time volunteer Ginny Osteen, was willing to pay their deposit. Shawn and Crystal would be able to move into their apartment in time for Christmas.

A Home for the Holidays helps families get into housing by providing first's month rent, last month's rent or a deposit. Everyone who gets help must come up with at least some of the funds on their own.

Last year A Home for the Holidays helped 78 families find housing in time for Christmas. This year our goal is to help at least 40. Can you help us meet our goal? Make a donation to A Home for the Holidays, either through CrowdRise or our website. Then click the social media icons below to share this story with your friends.

Things finally started to go right for Shawn and Crystal once they got into an apartment. Shawn got his pastoring license and was accepted at the University of Oregon. They got a car so they could look for work and take their baby girl to the doctor for check-ups.

"I tell Crystal all the time how luck we are to have a home," Shawn says. "Someplace warm. It's a blessing."

"The most important thing about getting housing was getting my daughter on a scheduled and a reguar routine," Crystal says. "It's really helped her development."

The couple looks forward to the day when they can give back to others. You can do it today by donating to A Home for the Holidays, either through CrowdRise or our website. Then click the social media icons below to share this story with your friends.

Thank you for your support, and we wish you a very blessed holiday.

**New: Read about Kristina and Jazmine, a family hoping to get help from this year's A Home for the Holiday campaign.**