When Ebony fell on hard times, an angel in uniform came to her rescue!
When mom-of-four Ebony Rhodes fell on hard times, an angel in disguise gave her the helping hand she needed to get back on her feet!
After her shift as a clerk at a discount store, Ebony Rhodes drove to the library to pick up her four kids.
As they climbed into her 1997 Buick Regal, the Atlanta single mom counted her change. Just enough for a pizza.
Ebony picked up a pie and drove to a park. They ate, then the kids, ages 10 to 15, tossed around a football.
Soon darkness fell and they all piled back into the car— and settled in for the night.
One by one, Calvin, Ja’heame, Issac and Dannaija drifted off to sleep. Ebony, though, sat awake, watching over them.
I’m so sorry, she whispered as tears spilled down her cheeks.
“I’m not giving up!”
Two months earlier, Ebony’s family had been living with and helping her mom, who battled severe asthma. When she passed away, Ebony and her kids were devastated.
Realizing they could all use a fresh start, Ebony moved her family from Florida to Atlanta.
She quickly landed a job and rented a house. But weeks later, Ebony was rushed to the hospital in excruciating pain and diagnosed with ITP, a chronic blood disorder that causes bouts of excessive bleeding and fatigue.
Unable to qualify for medical leave, Ebony was forced to take unpaid time off for multiple surgeries. She felt powerless as she flipped through bills marked FINAL NOTICE.
Then, the eviction notice came.
Ebony began calling shelters. Many were full. Others couldn’t take the whole family. They’d have to be split up in different shelters. No! Ebony thought fiercely. With nowhere else to turn, they began living in her car.
“We won’t be here forever,” Ebony promised. “I’m doing my best to make things better, and I’m not giving up.” Ebony logged as many hours as she could at work. But then either she’d suffer a health flareup or one of her kids would get sick, causing her to miss work. One month became two, then three . . . Six months later, they were still living out of her car. Just when it seemed things couldn’t get any worse, Ebony was pulled over for having expired tags, her car impounded.
What am I going to do now? she panicked.
Guilt and despair washing over her, all Ebony’s struggles came pouring out to the officer.
Herstory made its way around the station house. One officer, herself a single mom, felt her heart twinge. Calling her deputy chief, she asked, “Isn’t there something we can do to help?”
A 25-year veteran, Deputy Chief Jeff Glazier had heard his share of heartbreaking stories. But this . . . “We have to help,” he agreed. Jeff made a call to a contact at a shelter that was able to take Ebony’s entire family in. When Jeff told Ebony, she wrapped her arms around him.
“I can’t believe this!” she cried.
With a roof over her family’s head, Ebony got a second job and saved enough for an apartment in just three months!
Impressed, Jeff called a friend who owned an apartment complex, and he agreed to rent Ebony a place at a reduced rate. “That first night was incredible,” Ebony recalls. “Tucking my kids in actual beds . . . it was a weight off my shoulders.”
Not wanting anything to derail Ebony’s success, Jeff started a Gofundme campaign that raised more than $ 62,000.
Ebony prepaid a year’s worth of rent and utilities and bought a more reliable used car. The rest went into an account for food and medical bills.
Today, nearly two years later, Ebony has a good job as the assistant manager at a fast food restaurant. Her kids are thriving, and Ebony is friends with Jeff and his family.
“He’s my guardian angel,” Ebony beams.
But Jeff doesn’t think he’s done anything extraordinary.
“Sometimes, life catches up to you,” Jeff says. “I was in a position to lend a hand, and there’s no better feeling than helping change someone’s life!”
“It’s good to be blessed. It’s better to be blessing.” a –UNKNOWN