Sixteen years ago, after learning her husband was dealing drugs, Davlyn Marshall packed up her daughter and moved out.
It’s been a struggle since. She’s grappled with homelessness, with health problems and with the psychological stress of barely making ends meet.
Up until 2011, she was also holding down a job – as an aide with Child Protective Services – until her medical issues forced her to leave.
All these years later, things are finally looking up. Marshall, 61, her daughter and her infant granddaughter finally got a spot in public housing.
And her daughter, 21-year-old Tylee, is working part-time at K-Mart. The position doesn’t cover much in the way of expenses, but ensures the new mom can take care of her little one, Anela.
While money is still tight for the little family, they’re grateful that they’re no longer living in their car or with relatives.
And Marshall has a message for other struggling families.
“There’s hope out there. Don’t give up. Don’t think about the worst. Don’t get into drugs. Don’t get into drinking," she said.
She added that when the family learned that they got into public housing in Waianae earlier this year, they couldn’t contain their delight. Finally, Marshall said, they could start moving forward.
“It felt so good,” she said.
As part of Helping Hands Hawaii's Adopt a Family program, Marshall is asking for diapers and baby wipes for little Anela, and for clothes for herself and her daughter. Marshall wears size 12 pants and an extra-large in shirts. Her daughter wears size 10 and a large in shirts.
To help, call Helping Hands Hawaii at 440-3800 or click here.