Dennis and Deborah Parker
(credit: Salvation Army)
Dennis and his wife Deborah lived in a rented home with their five kids. "The family was outside and came in after the wind started howling,” Dennis said. “All we heard was 'Bang! bang! bang!' and then the house started shaking. We all ran into the hallway and shut all the doors. We heard trees crashing onto our roof." Their car was totaled, their house was a loss, they lost everything. They stayed in several shelters for several weeks. Elim Transitional put them in three rooms at Extended Stay in Brooklyn Center. They've been turned down at every apartment they've tried to get into. The Salvation Army is providing food and clothing to the family and, once housing is found, will be helping with the damage deposit and the first month’s rent.