It is hard to imagine a pregnant mother with a full-time job living in her car to survive. Yet, this is exactly what happened to LifeMoves client, Glorious, 27, who is pregnant with twins and also has a three year old daughter, Leila. Glorious has a stable job as a security guard. But when her relationship with the children’s father ended, and her hours were cut from 90 to 50 hours per week, she could no longer afford her rent and lost her apartment.
Asked about her hopes for the future: “I want stability – a home and a career where I can provide a good, stable life for my children.” – Glorious
With nowhere to go, Glorious called family shelters to see if there was any availability. She was placed on a waiting list and had no other option but to live in her car. Having grown up in San Jose, Glorious was familiar with the neighborhoods and strategically chose streets she thought were safest to stay overnight.
Living in a car with her young child, Glorious says she was nervous and not getting any sleep. Her main concern was trying to make Leila comfortable. Fortunately, it wasn’t long before Glorious received a call from LifeMoves inviting her to come to our safe parking site in San Jose.
Encouraged, Glorious knew that she would not be alone, other families were staying there, and it included security and on-site staff.
Soon thereafter, she was able to move from the safe parking program to LifeMoves | Villa family shelter in downtown San Jose. Glorious has thrived there and her case manager describes her as a star client. She meets with a financial advisor regularly, is paying off her debt, saving money, and regaining stability.
Glorious is making plans to move to Stockton, where she can transfer her job and afford a two-bedroom apartment for her growing family.
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J.D. Vance is an investor, commentator, and author of the #1 New York Times best seller Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, described by the National Review as a “brilliant book” and by The Economist as “one of the most important” reads of 2016. Ron Howard and Brian Grazer of Imagine Entertainment have announced plans to produce a movie based on Vance’s book.
Raised by his working-class grandparents in Middletown, Ohio, Vance graduated from Middletown High School in 2003 and then immediately enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in the Marines, he deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
When he finished his four-year enlistment, Vance enrolled at Ohio State University, where he studied political science and philosophy, and helped coordinate the university’s bipartisan voter education drive in 2008. After graduating from college, he studied at Yale Law School, where he worked at Yale’s Veterans Legal Services Clinic, providing free legal counsel to veterans of our nation’s wars in Vietnam and Iraq. Vance earned his law degree in 2013.
After a stint at a large corporate law firm, Vance moved to San Francisco to work in the technology industry. He serves as a principal at the leading Silicon Valley venture capital firm Mithril Capital, cofounded by Peter Thiel and Ajay Royan. As an investor, Vance has taken a special interest in the biotechnology industry and other transformative sectors of the economy.
In early 2017, Vance joined as a partner in AOL founder Steve Case’s venture capital company, Revolution LLC, which concentrates on bolstering entrepreneurship and disruptive, high-growth companies outside of the sphere of Silicon Valley. He also returned home to Ohio to found Our Ohio Renewal, a nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing the state’s opioid crisis and bringing high-quality employment and educational opportunities to Ohioans.
He regularly discusses politics and public policy, having appeared on ABC, CBS, and FOX News, and currently serving as a contributor on CNN. Vance lives in Columbus, Ohio, with his wife, newborn son, and two dogs, where he works on his nonprofit and investment activities.