Local woman helps homeless moms get back on their feet

Published: Apr. 3, 2018 at 10:33 PM CDT
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A Cedar Rapids woman is helping homeless mothers get back on their feet, and she's going even further by making sure the women don't end up back where they were.

So far Hollie Trenary has helped two mothers. They both had no homes of their own, and one was at one point sleeping in her car.

"I didn't have anything for my kids I just had lost my job about a year ago and things just kept getting worse and worse," Danae Hall said.

They say all it took was someone to believe in them and offer support to get them to where they are today. Trenary is known in the community as someone who is willing to help out.

"I know what it's like to be a new mom and not know what you're doing all the time and not have all the support that you may need," Trenary said.

"She really helped me because at first I didn't know where I was going to get anything for my kids, or just how I was going to do stuff," Hall said "And just her entering my life - she's been such a blessing."

Now both new mothers have places of their own.

Trenary has helped them get a lot of supplies they need. That includes furniture and a new van, but it's about much more than that.

"We see each other. We text each other. We have dinner together on Sundays," Hall said.

She'll be a constant mentor and cheerleader, but most importantly a lifelong friend.

One of the moms just started a full-time job. The other says she hopes to find one soon.