A stimulus check can go a long way.
Dawn Carpenter used her $1,200 stimulus check sent out by the federal government to turn her life around.
The additional income allowed the once homeless 43-year-old to get her own place by allowing her to put down the initial deposit, which she told Springfield News-Leader was “hard to do when you don't have a stable place."
Since deciding to turn her life around in October, she has been working at Wendy’s since November but still couldn’t scrape up enough money to afford her own apartment.
Carpenter said she wouldn’t have been able to do it without her church, Connecting Grounds, which offers help to the homeless. The pastor, Christine Love, and her husband, Bob, helped Carpenter file her taxes so that she was eligible for a stimulus payment.
"The Connecting Grounds is my sanity," she said, adding that they’ve also helped her remain sober.
Love informed the publication that there are a dozen homeless people who have been using or saving their stimulus checks in hopes of finding housing.
Carpenter said she went from being an active addict who was in and out of the Missouri Department of Corrections since 2014, hanging out with the wrong crowd, and couch surfing, to having her own place for the first time in 10 years.
Since moving in on April 24, Carpenter has been furnishing the home with pieces she’s been gifted or found on the side of the road.
She noted that she enjoys the small things like drinking coffee in her bed, singing in the shower, and not having to worry about where she’s going to sleep next or if she’ll be kicked out.
"It's hardwood floors, so I have skated in my socks a few times and danced to the music of my choice," Carpenter added. "It's the freedom to just be me and find myself."
Carpenter revealed she will continue volunteering at the church on her days off and hopes her story will inspire someone going through something similar.
"If I did this, you can do this. If you need help, come on. You want to go to a meeting? Come on. We can do this,” she said.
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