Mr. Williams, like so many residents before him, ended up at Carpenter's Shelter because of a lack of affordable housing in the DC metro area. Unable to continue paying rent on his modest two bedroom apartment in Maryland, Mr. Williams and his 15-year-old son DJ moved to Alexandria to stay with a friend. After a few months, the pair had overstayed their welcome. Unable to rent an apartment on his own due to past debts, Mr. Williams and his son moved in with his father at the senior home. Only a month passed before the senior home asked Mr. Williams and his son to move out. With nowhere left to go, the pair turned to Carpenter's Shelter.
In just five months, Mr. Williams is on track to move out of the shelter with his debts paid and a new job on the horizon. Through the support of his case manager, Mr. Williams was able to complete his certification to become a gasoline truck driver, a stable a high paying job that will enable Mr. Williams and his son to live comfortably once they return to independent living.
Mr. Williams is just one of many single fathers fighting poverty and homelessness. Thanks to your support, Carpenter's Shelter is able to get families back on their feet and into permanent housing.