New York Times Neediest Cases Story: Long After Southern Storm, Still Looking for New Home

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The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund recently featured this Children’s Aid story about helping Shelly Berry enter her children in schools and find work for herself.

The first few days of Shelly Berry’s life in New York City were spent in the hallway of an apartment building in the Bronx. That was where she and her two daughters slept for three nights, huddled together on the grimy floor of a stairwell.

Their predicament began a month before, in April 2011, when a series of devastating tornadoes struck Raleigh, N.C., where Ms. Berry and her daughters lived. The tornadoes left several people dead, injured scores of others and demolished many buildings, including Ms. Berry’s apartment. But she and her daughters, Stephanie, 11, and Kaylia, 13, had managed to pack some clothes into three bags and had taken shelter with a neighbor.

Ms. Berry, who had been laid off as a receptionist, was now out of work, low on money and homeless; she had to figure out her next move quickly.

Click here to read the complete article and to learn more about the Neediest Cases Fund.