Anyone who knows Angie knows how hard she works. After her son’s father died, she held two jobs as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) just to make ends meet. One day, while lifting a patient, she injured her back and could no longer work as a CNA.
Eventually her house was foreclosed on. She was barely able to afford to rent a bedroom in someone else’s home.
“It was a struggle to survive on less than $16 of food stamps a month,” she said. “I had a very hard time.”
In desperation, Angie began her days at 2:00 a.m. She would walk 12 miles round trip, collecting cans and bottles, then redeeming them for money so she that she and her son could buy groceries.
“It was really humbling,” she said.
When a friend told her about Cityteam, she was thrilled to get a food box.
“Cityteam cares for thousands of people in our community,” she said. “From the moment I walked in the door it was wonderful. They treat you with so much dignity.”
In her gratitude, Angie began volunteering at Cityteam. She helps other people get help, the same way she was helped. “They’ve given so much to me,” she said. “I have to give back.”