Jewel is raising money so she can move back into a home
Jewel Devane has been homeless for two years now and has finally started to receive a monthly income from social security. She just needs help with her first months’ rent and security deposit so she can move back into a home.
*Her caseworker at the Kearney Center has verified that her income is above her expenses and that she will be able to continue to pay rent on her own after she receives help with the upfront costs.
Jewel is 60 years old and was raised in Greenville, FL but spent half of her later years in Washington DC taking care of her father - she loved him dearly. Jewel is the youngest of a family of 5, she has 2 sisters and 2 brothers. She was happily married but her husband unfortunately passed away a couple years ago, however, she relies on her faith to get her through tough times. Jewel absolutely loves music - her favorite genre is opera but she enjoys traditional gospel and some country too. Even after she moves into a home, Jewel wants to visit the shelter so she can continue playing in the band.
What are you most grateful for?
"I'm most grateful for my ability to have unconditional love and compassion for all races. When I was younger my mother would take me walking on the trails in the woods. There would be some days when people would shout nasty racist remarks at us while we were walking. They would command their dogs to bark and intimidate us – screaming “go sic ‘em!”. However, I never held resentment toward any of them. I understood that they didn’t know any better, it was just how they were raised. It takes too much energy to be hateful and mean, I’d rather just love everyone.
If you could have anyone as your dinner guest who would it be?
“I would love to have all the caseworkers that have helped me and have been so wonderful.”