Qwanishia lived in the Winter Garden area for 12 years with her now 8-year-old son, Izaiah.
When her job cut her hours, she couldn’t afford to stay in the place where they were living so she moved into her car.
To make extra money, Qwanishia began buying things and reselling them online. Whenever she would make a good sale, they moved into a hotel for a short stay.
They moved back and forth, from hotel to car to hotel.
She heard about New Beginnings because she was a customer in the Winter Garden store. Qwanishia had not noticed the name, only the prices, but when she saw the brochure by the register, she called and was soon accepted into the homeless rehabilitation residential program.
“I need a new beginning,” she says. “I need a start over.”
Her son was with his grandmother during the summer, but he moved back with Qwanishia at the residential home for women and children in August. She re-enrolled him in his elementary school in Winter Garden and is thrilled that it is working out.