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Homeless woman's moving day reminds us all to count our blessings

Katie Earl moves into her new home at Pisgah View on Dec. 14, 2017, after being homeless for nearly a year. Her new home was made possible with the help of Homeward Bound WNC. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

A homeless woman’s fresh start gives us all perspective to count our blessings this holiday season.

"Oh, I have to get my key out," said Katie Earl, who was about to see her Pisgah View apartment unit for the first time.

It's not a mansion or a high-dollar condo, yet a spot in public housing is worth more than you'd ever imagine. Especially, if you’ve been in Katie’s shoes.

"Oh, it's so pretty," said Katie, who’s been homeless for nearly a year.

Homeward Bound WNC helped two different women find a new lease on life at Pisgah View.

"Welcome home," said Amanda Thomas, a housing case manager with Homeward Bound WNC.

Katie told News 13 she has kept faith through difficult times.

"I've passed by this on the bus a lot, and I said a little prayer. 'Lord, if I ever need housing, I'd want it to be here'," she recalled.

"I'm glad that we could make this happen," Thomas said.

Homeward Bound rolled in a moving truck to help fill her apartment with everything she needs to feel whole for the holidays. It’s a relief from the uncertainty and struggle that's been 24/7.

"There's no day that you get a break from it,” Katie said of homelessness. “It's just like having a job, only its worse than a job because you never get sick leave. You never get a break from it."

When Katie’s face lights up, Thomas has plenty of reason to smile, too.

"If I can bring a smile to a person, help them through the hoops of getting a place," she said. "This is the day I look forward to most. It makes me feel really good to know that she will be in housing before Christmas. She can let her family know. It's why I do this work."

Even when the moving crew leaves, what's truly moving is Katie's perspective.

"So, that prayer was answered, so I'm thankful," she said, adding that her new dwelling gives her something she longed for. "And so I'll be glad to have a kitchen back so I can cook for everybody."

Because of her personal history, everything feels like a luxury. Nothing could be sweeter than being home for the holidays.

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