One Four-Year-Old’s Journey Through the Interfaith Hospitality Network

On the surface, Destiny is like any other four-year-old — easily bored, energetic, and unaware that her future hangs on a thread. Cantrice, her 28-year-old mother, left Chicago last year in search of a better place to raise her kids. In Gainesville, she struggled to find an adequate place to sleep at night. Destiny’s father, who had been “missing in action” for years, wasn’t going to help. On July 10, she entered the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Gainesville, a nonprofit dedicated to sheltering homeless parents and children.

For more journalism documenting homeless children in Gainesville, check out Transient Children of Alachua County, where this story was originally posted. If the topic interests you, check out their event this Friday at Plaza of the Americas.