Resident Spotlight- A Helping Hand


The Sybil H. Smith Family Village, Dumas Wesley Community Center’s Transitional Housing program, seeks to help families experiencing homelessness establish and maintain self-sufficiency. The Village combines transitional housing of up to 24 months with on-site support services as well as referrals to other community agencies and institutions.
In May of 2014, Dumas Wesley sent an urgent plea out on its Facebook page.  April* had just moved into the Village with two-month old baby Andrew and needed baby clothes. Within two days, seven thousand people clicked on the Facebook post, 922 people shared the plea.  The result was an influx of inquiries about how to help. Thanks to the power of social media, donations began flooding in locally and as far north as Birmingham, Alabama.
“I was surprised – nothing like that has ever happened to me before.  I am so grateful to everyone. Thank you all for the donations,” said April.
Sybil H. Smith Family Village began serving women and their children in 1999. To date, they have served over 431 women and children experiencing homelessness. Referrals to the transitional housing program are made by United Way Agencies, the Department of Human Resources, and various community agencies in Mobile, Baldwin, and Washington counties.
April stated, “Sybil Smith Family Village is helping me get back on my feet.  It uplifts me and allows me to work on things I need to fix in order to keep a place of my own.  In two years, I see myself able to provide for my family because I don’t want to be homeless ever again.”
If you would like to find out how you can support Sybil H. Smith Family Village please call 251-473-5526.
*Names have been changed to protect identity