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Ken and Jerrie: "We knew we would do whatever it takes to succeed"

In an effort to provide a better future for his family, Ken Alexander had been in school full-time to complete his degree, while working part-time as well. Then, in 2008, he was suddenly laid off from his job.

His wife, Jerrie, had been staying at home with their daughters, Jorie and Jaida, and was finishing cosmetology school. But, by the time both parents had finished their schooling at the height of the recession, job prospects were few and far between. “I went on about ten interviews right after I graduated, and then nothing,” Ken says. Ken’s unemployment eventually ran out, and the family sank into debt.

Henry and Yvonne: “I would have never imagined us being on ‘the other side,’ because it was always us on the giving end.”

In 2011, Henry, Yvonne and their kids were living a great life in Florida: a spacious home with a pool, a lawn service, great jobs and an active community. Then, it all fell apart. Henry lost his job due to the recession, and they were on the verge of losing their home as well.

Their savings dwindled, and their situation grew more and more dire. Then, Henry was offered a job in the Chicago area, so the family packed up and moved to DuPage County. Unfortunately, just days before his new position was to start, the new company reneged on their offer.

Alecia: "I was accepted into the Bridge program and my entire life changed. It was like freedom for my son and me."

A few years ago, Alecia and her family were planning to purchase a townhouse. Just days before the closing, the deal fell through. Alecia, her son Aidan, and Aidan’s father were staying in a hotel, deciding their next plan.

“My son’s father told us he was going to take the dog for a walk…and he never came back,” she recalls. “The next morning, which was Thanksgiving, I had my son in one hand and a bag of clothes in the other, and I knocked on my mom’s front door. I asked her if we could stay with her for just a little while because we didn’t have anywhere else to go.”

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