KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A little more than a week ago FOX4 told you about one homeless woman and her three kids struggling to find shelter because all the family shelters in the metro are full. Some church and community groups decided they couldn't just sit by and do nothing, and they're also challenging others to step up and fill this huge need in our community.
When we first met Tami Wilson and her three kids they were begging on the Country Club Plaza. Rev Tony Caldwell told FOX 4 he couldn't get the family out of his head, especially since the teenage daughter is battling a rare cancer. But every family shelter he called was full. In fact, FOX 4 found out that City Union Mission's Family Shelter got a record number of calls for help last month.
But now a week later, thanks to a lot of hard work, Caldwell is handing Wilson the keys to her new home. And you can't get the smile off her face.
"I love it, it's mine," she said smiling, "I'm so grateful, so blessed for you all helping us, thank you all so much."
Caldwell said this was a team effort.
"From the Church Eternal Life, the Peace Keepers, Stop the Killing, East meets West of Troost, Communities United, everybody just pitched in and made it happen," he said, "When they heard about it they said something can be done about it and it starts with each and every one of us."
The Wilson family will be sharing the house with the Mosley family. Sasteh Mosley grew up here and says helping people has been a long family tradition.
"When an opportunity came to bless a family, I open the doors just like my mother would have," he said.
Caldwell said the house does still need some work and some new appliances including: a new fridge, stove and water heater.
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Rev Tony Caldwell