Referencing an article and news broadcast from ABC 7 out in Chicago, a homeless woman named LaToya Ellis lost her job, her home and moved into a homeless shelter. It would seemed that the Grinch stole Christmas, but unbeknownst to LaToya, God sent her an angel to turn it all around.
LaToya Ellis has three children, is an advocate for the homeless and formerly held a supervisory position in her local hometown. She was laid off from her job which basically caused a domnio effect and Ellis ended up being evicted from her apartment. ABC 7 caught wind of LaToya's story and interviewed her in a segment to raise awareness about homelessness in the nation, especially in Chicago where it is epidemic.
Something amazing happened following the coverage of Ellis' story which managed to touch hearts and proved there is positivity and good in the world for people who don't believe. An unknown donor paid off LaToya Ellis' rent for year so her children can have a stable roof over their head and kept the family together which prevented CPS from taking the kids away. It was also a blessing for Ellis', who was lost for word about the act of kindness she received.
“It’s indescribable. I didn’t know how to process it, no one has ever done anything like that for me.”
The faith, the belief of LaToya's children of their mother being a hardworker, an inspiration for them and that regardless, they were going to overcome; superceded their struggles. The children refused to blame their situation even though the older one was ashamed of it but their faith are undeniable.
"My mom is a hardworking woman like... like.. Cinderella."
"The fact that she's fighting it everday is very inspirational for me."
The experieince somehow gave LaToya the vision and courage to pursue her dream, go forward and for 2016, she'll go into business for herself and launch a catering company. Ellis' will utilize her blessings to continue to be a blessing to others, with her continued efforts in advocating for homelessness. And expressed going back to school to further her education and position herself to be a voice for social issues.
"Most of all, I just want to pay it forward,” she asserted. “I’m going to continue advocating, I’m going to continue volunteering and it’s not just about my family."
News Source: ABC 7