Three Years Later, a Maclellan Shelter Family Thrives

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – “When you have a baby, you want them to have stability and not knowing where they’re going to sleep at night or where their food is going to come from, it’s hard as a mom,” says LaKyshia Robinson.

Three years ago, LaKyshia and James Robinson with their baby were staring down homelessness.

“The CRV that was slept in. Before the Maclellan shelter, it was the CRV and that was some cold nights. That was some hungry nights,” says James Robinson.

LaKyshia says she googled homeless shelters, and the Maclellan Shelter for Families popped up.

“We got in that night. And the next morning we met with her for case management and she told us what the requirements were.”

“They were very interested in working and getting day care set up for their child. So they basically followed the program as its designed to be followed and it was very successful,” says Kathy Long, Program Manager for the Maclellan Shelter.

The Maclellan Shelter opened in 2014. They offer families experiencing homelessness 90 days of shelter plus a tried and true program for them to gain independence. In fact, Kathy Long says other shelters around the country follow their model.

“We started looking for work and started getting all of our ducks in a row and within 68 days of that we were able to meet Miss Teresa and get a voucher and we found our home,” says LaKyshia.

The Robinson family has grown by three and they now live in a four bedroom home in Orchard Knob. James Robinson says there are so many people to thank.

“The list goes on and on. But most of all, I got to continue to put God first. God and my wife,” says James.

If you want to support the Maclellan Shelter, there is a Grateful Gobbler 5K this Thanksgiving Day morning. All proceeds benefit the shelter.

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