Palm Beach County, Florida – About six weeks agoWPTV introduces you to Crystal and her four children.
They used to live in a van and needed a stable place to rest.
That’s when the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Homeless Outreach Team came into their lives to help them get back on their feet. Now, a month and a half later, WPTV caught up with Crystal again to see how things are going.
“Things are going really fast and it’s been great for us. I feel really lucky and blessed with everything,” Crystal said. “I’m running around in the car trying to figure out where I’m going to shower, where I’m going to eat, how we’re going to do our laundry, live in a hotel now, have stability, keep the kids stable at school, let The baby is stable and has everything I need, clothes, shoes, food, attire.”
The family lived in a local hotel for a long time until they were able to find a place for themselves. They have received donations from Adopt-A-Family, PBSO, and others.
Crystal says providing her four children, who range in age from 9 months to 9 years, with what she needs helps her take the next step in her career and family.
“There’s been a lot of positive change, getting better,” she said. “Even with receiving so much, I can give to other families, be able to receive but also give back, and at the same time move forward so that everyone can move forward.”
She stated her interaction with PBSO Cpl. Adrian Maldonado, which continues to this day, set her on the right path.
“It’s definitely been a positive influence because it’s helped me realize that there are people out there who will reach out and help you, rather than being honed by past experiences, keep yourself open because there are good people out there who want to help and do it for you and for you family to do the right thing,” Crystal said.
The family spent a quiet Christmas together, watching movies in their pajamas all day.
“They said it was one of the best Christmases they’ve ever had, so it just makes me feel better,” Crystal said.
Crystal’s next task is to find a job. Once her kids are back in school for winter break, she plans to head to some potential employers in the area.
She hopes for better things to come in the new year.
“Fully settled in our own place, with a job I can keep, in good health. We can finally start living in peace and stability,” Crystal said. “I can’t wait to get back to where I am and the kids have their own space. It’s the next step and we’ve come very close, achieving every goal we’ve had since.”
While the family of five currently lives in one room, Crystal will be blessed in 2023.
She said: “Here I am still moving forward, now instead of things being taken away from my life, they are being added to my life, so the overflow of blessings is very good, don’t forget to give back.”