Homeless Woman's Newborn Gives Her Hope
A mother and infant child put a face on growing problem in Western North Carolina and across the country.
Up until last month, Nicole Goodlet of Asheville was pregnant and homeless, clinging to hope that things would work out. The ABCCM Steadfast House took her in, just a couple of weeks before she gave birth to a little boy named Ehlye.
"A month ago I didn't have anything but the shirt on my back," she says. "Well you face a lot of hardships. Some things are out of your control. We all have choices and there are consequences to some choices we make."
The number of homeless women and children has skyrocketed in the past five years, according to experts. Women now make up 26 percent of the homeless population.
Goodlet is beaming with the four week old child in her arms. But before she delivered the boy she calls an angel, Nicole says she went through pure hell.
"I previously was a domestic violence victim for seven years," Goodlet explains.
Nicole was homeless during much of her pregnancy. She cleaned rooms at a local hotel, but couldn't afford a place to stay at night. So she turned to the streets.
"Various places. Parks, under a bridge, I remember I slept in a car one night because it was so cold out," she recalls.
"There was no way we could let a woman who was pregnant be out on the streets," Steadfast House director Mary Sczudlow says. "So we pulled them in and they've been a blessing to us. "