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Apr 27, 2014 10:34 PM

Mother Surprised with New Home

CORPUS CHRISTI - Dozens of volunteers packed into a town home to put in drapes, construct beds, and place messages of hope all over the walls, even the ceiling.

The painter wants the family to know the sky image is intentional.

"She wanted this family to know, that the best days are ahead of you, that you have blue skies, a fresh start, you got everything made new...just for you," Catherine Albert, outreach director Grace Presbyterian Church.

To top it off, church members also made sure the family would not have an empty belly for the night.

"We have her kitchen stocked, and her first meal on the table...welcome home," Albert says.

All of this left Sharri Ybarguen speechless, and in tears, when she arrived. "The kids and I have struggled for a very long time, for this...and they deserve it...they deserve it," says Sharri Ybarguen, a 'Welcome Home' recipient.

For more than eight years, Ybarguen says she was involved in an abusive relationship, that almost wiped her out.

"We lost everything because of that man...we came here with nothing, just a car, me and my kids, and a car full of clothes," Ybarguen says.

She says at that point in time she had only one thing to rely on.

"I have a lot of faith in God, a lot of faith in God. I mean he's got me through this," Ybarguen says.

Once she came to Corpus Christi, she teamed up with the Salvation Army.

The organization helped her get back on her feet.

Once she rented her new place, she picked out the furniture, and went back to Salvation Army, because she thought they were needed time to move her new items in.

Little did she know, Grace Presbytarian Church was furnishing her apartment.

Making it a place she can call home, all on her own.

"I'm gonna be able to sleep at night, I am at peace my kids are finally, they finally have what they deserve with no strings attached, if you know what I mean," Ybarguen says.

Catherine Albert says helping families, and anyone down and out, see the light at the end of the tunnel, is what the program welcome home is all about.

"We all need to know...that we are not invisible, that our suffering is not alone, that we see you, and that you know without a doubt you matter," Albert says.


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