The father lost his job. The family couldn’t pay their rent. They no longer had a home.

That’s when the parents made the painful choice. They sent their children, ages 10 and 15, to live with another family.

While their children had a roof over their head, the parents didn’t — sleeping in hotels, their car or wherever they could find refuge for the night. The father got another job, but they couldn’t scrape enough money together for a rental deposit. They couldn’t seem to get ahead.

The mother, who is permanently disabled, came into BRIDGES at Lake Worth West asking for help. BRIDGES was able to get them into a hotel for a few weeks and worked to get them enough financial assistance to put down a deposit for an apartment.

When the mother came back to the BRIDGES, she broke down crying when she told staffers the good news. Her family was back together.