Last December, Ebony Rhodes and her four children were living in their car. Her mother had died and she packed up her family and headed to Atlanta with barely any money and no home. She was pulled over by an Atlanta police officer and arrested, her vehicle impounded due to having no insurance. Fortunately, another officer, who happened to be a single mom, brought Ebony’s situation to APD Deputy Chief Jeff Glazier.
On learning about Ebony’s predicament, Glazier went out of his way to make Ebony and her family’s lives much more easier. First he got the family some shelter and then went to meet Ebony at her job as a cashier at Walmart. “I said ‘I’ve got you a place to stay,’ and she started crying right away,” Glazier said.
Last year, Ebony and her children, 17 year old Calvin, 14 year-old Jaheame, 13 year-old Issac, and 11 year-old Danniaja, lived in a one-room homeless shelter while she worked to get them into a home. All that time, Glazier was there, helping the family out with a little money here and there. Ebony was finally able to afford an apartment and now works as an assistant manager at a fast food restaurant. Glazier said, “For the last year I’ve watched this strong woman raise her children in the most difficult conditions.”
Unfortunately, Ebony and three of her children have health problems, and risk being homeless again. Glazier explained, “Ebony has had health issues for most of her life. She has to get chemotherapy. She was getting sick and she couldn’t work. And if you don’t work you don’t get paid.”
So Glazier and the Atlanta Police Department set up a GoFundMe account where anyone can donate money to help Ebony and her children stay on their feet. Glazier wrote, “My goal is to pay her rent, food, medicine, and transportation for a year so she can continue to work and save money without the stress of wondering if her family will be homeless again.”
If you would like to make a donation to the family, and for more information on the campaign, visit the family’s GoFundMe here.