After walking five miles in a terrible winter storm at the age of 23 and five and a half months pregnant, Candice found herself checking into a homeless shelter in New Jersey. At the time the shelter was called Inner-Faith counseling, but today it is the well-known establishment named Family Promise. There, Candice met the founder (her now long-time mentor) Karen Olsen. After being by her side during a three-day delivery, Karen got Candice into a fully furnished transitional housing, loaded with diapers and formula for the first year of her daughter’s life. Karen and her colleagues also taught Candice how to get back on her feet and provide for herself and her child.
Today Candice is the director of Family Promise Bryan County. Her remarkable story of transformation is an inspiration to all the families that come through the doors of FPBC. I asked Candice what her take-away from her whole experience would be and this is what she said, “Don’t lose faith. Stay focused. The moment you lose faith is the moment you lose everything. Your faith is going to get you where you need to be because it got me where I need to be.”