Woman Finds New Life Through Kinship Care Program


UPDATED: Friday June 14, 2013 6:30 PM

Jenice Carson knows not to take something as simple as welcoming her son home for the day granted. She hit tough times and lost her place, causing her to make a trip to the YWCA Family Center.

She was originally looking for a temporary dorm-style living option for her and her children until someone told her about the YWCA’s Kinship Care pilot program.

The program strives to put families like Jenice’s in stable, more traditional home environments.

They work out roommate guidelines, and the host ends up getting a stipend from the program.

Supporters of the program say that placement through the kinship program makes more space available at the shelter. Carson said it has personal advantages, too.

“You’re not on a shelter’s time constraints,” Carson said. “You have more freedom to get on with life and have a better sense of normalcy.”

Stacey Bush was able to help give that normalcy to Carson and her family, making her home their home.

“I just saw she was going through some things and I was concerned about her being well, so I opened my doors,” Bush said.

The program is not forever, but the temporary help is something that could change Jenice Carson’s life for the better in the long term.

Kinship Care is meant to last a total of three months, and so far, 41 families have gone through the program. They still depend on the family center for resources, but because they do not rely on it for housing or food there, is a cost savings.

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