Family Gets Back on Their Feet with Clayton and Family Promise

Sometimes a helping hand can change a life. Just ask Caren Marroquin, a single mother of four who lives in the Houston area. After a series of setbacks, including the passing of her father, Caren and her boys found themselves homeless. Things began looking up, however, when Caren contacted Family Promise. The national organization provides prevention, shelter and stabilization services to families at risk for, or are currently experiencing, homelessness. As fate would have it, Caren not only received a community of support from Family Promise, but an honest-to-goodness home, too.

Just as Caren was entering the program, Clayton was putting the finishing touches on the first of five transitional homes. The Marroquins became the first family to take up residence in the Houston-based house. The three-bedroom, two-bathroom home has features and appliances that come standard in every Clayton Built® home, such as an ecobee smart thermostat, a SmartComfort® by Carrier furnace, Duracraft® cabinets and more. The power of having a cozy and well-appointed transitional space to come home to each evening wasn’t lost on Caren, whose children have always shared a home or apartment with another family. “Moving in made me pretty emotional, because my kids have been talking about having their own spot for a long time,” she says. “It made me happy to see that they were excited.”

The home donation is part of a larger national partnership between Clayton and Family Promise. The Houston residence is the third of five home donations through the “A Future Begins at Home” program.

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