WATERVILLE, Maine. (WABI) No one expects to be homeless.
For a single mother and her five children, 2017 was a difficult year, but they're ringing in the new year in a new home thanks to the Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter and their church.
33-year-old Nuchell moved to Waterville with her five children in August of 2016 to escape an abusive relationship.
They've spent the last year and a half living here at the Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter.
"After the hell we've been through, it was like God's now opened a door for us," said Nuchell.
An opportunity came in the form of a smile and invitation from Nancy Lemieux and her husband with the Waterville Area Homeless Action Group.
"We met this wonderful family and just got to talking with them. We invited them to attend our church services at Centerpoint and they came and we've just got to know them more over the last few months," said Lemieux.
"They've been like my backbone to be honest throughout my struggle and they actually helped us get a house," said Nuchell.
The Centerpoint Community Church works closely with the shelter to help place families in affordable housing as well as furnishing the space with community donations.
"I told them they didn't have to but they insist on getting me furniture and getting the house running and my kids happy again," said Nuchell.
As the temperature hit subzero in late December, the shelter has seen an influx of folks needing a place to sleep and get out of the cold.
While some come for a night, others like Chrin and Mathew pay 30% of their income to live in permanent supported housing for young adults.
"This is a great stepping stone for people who are going through different situations in life, they need help to get up where they need to be on their own. I know without this place I probably would still be struggling because life at home wasn't great so this has helped me get an opportunity to get my education done," said Chrin.
Young adult housing tenants are required to either be employed, seeking employment, or pursuing an education.
Nuchell says she's working on completing her GED and plans on going to college. Starting off 2018 on a positive note, she says she's excited to move in to her new home with the family she's fought to keep together.
"My children saved my life, and so did church. So I just say have faith and be positive and keep going," said Nuchell.