Sheffield Place lends helping hand to family in need

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Area woman Shauna Patterson struggled for years after drugs threw her life off track. She's been without a place to call home for a decade. Now, thanks to Sheffield Place, Patterson is getting a helping hand just in time for the holidays.

Sheffield Place, a transitional living center for homeless mothers, renovated a duplex to help two families find permanent housing. Touring her new home, Patterson was all smiles.

"My girls are going to love it," Patterson said. "It's like more than I could've ever hoped for."

Shauna Patterson and her two children will live on one side of the duplex. She said she is so grateful for the work Sheffield Place has done for her.

“These people put their hearts and souls into this. Like it doesn’t even look the same,” she said.

Sheffield House bought the duplex and spent months renovating. Sheffield House's mission is "to empower homeless mothers and their children to heal from their trauma and help them become self-sufficient." Patterson reached out to them for help.

“About ten years ago, I started getting into drugs. My situation went from bad to worse,” Patterson said.

With a lot of hard work, Patterson is now back on her feet. Shelly Anderson with Sheffield Place said it took hard work on their part to renovate the duplex.

“Six dumpsters full of stuff came out of this house,” Anderson said.

It’s now move-in ready, just in time for the holidays and an even bigger celebration: Patterson is two years sober.

“This is a miracle from where I was to where I am now. It’s a miracle,” she said.