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Mesa’s Save the Family uses social media to highlight veterans who overcame homelessness, challenges

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Andres and Aaden Shank. (Courtesy of Save the Family)

Mesa-based Save the Family social media posts during the celebration of Veterans Day week is highlighting the stories of veterans who overcame significant challenges – from physical and mental injuries while serving the county to abusive relationships after – to lift themselves out of homelessness.

Aleisha and Grace Massey. (Courtesy of Save the Family)
Aleisha and Grace Massey. (Courtesy of Save the Family)

Each veteran is a Save the Family client and the stories are currently being shared on Save the Family facebook (www.facebook/SavetheFamlyAZ) and Twitter (twitter.com/SavetheFamily) through Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

“It is heartbreaking when veterans who put their lives on the line for every American every day come home and find themselves facing significant challenges that lead to homelessness,” said Save the Family CEO Jacki Taylor. “Their stories reflect a different, but no less important, level of courage and perseverance. We were proud of their service and we’re proud of their accomplishments at home.”

Two stories being featured are:

  • Aleisha Massey, U.S. Army, and her daughter, Grace, entered the Save the Family program in August having been homeless and living in her car after being forced to leave the apartment she shared with her abuser. While serving her country, she experienced military sexual trauma. She is now in full control of her life.
  • Andres Shank, U.S. Marines, came to Save the Family in August with his wife and young son, Aaden. They were homeless with no available housing options. While serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom, IEDs blew up two of his vehicles, inflicting physical and mental injuries. His wife now works at a great job and he is a stay-at-home dad for his son.

For more information, visit: www.SavetheFamily.org.

Save the Family Foundation of Arizona is a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency based in Mesa and has been serving the community since 1988. Save the Family and its partner agency, the Affordable Rental Movement of Save the Family, operate more than 197 transitional and low-income housing units for families in the East Valley. Homeless and working poor families are provided a place to live while gaining the necessary skills to become self-sufficient for a lifetime.

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