ATLANTA - A traffic stop changed the life of one single mom and her four children, and now you can help make her life a little bit more bright.
Last December, Ebony Rhodes and her family were living in their car. Her mother had died and she packed up her family and headed to Atlanta with no money or home. She was pulled over by an Atlanta police officer and arrested, her vehicle impounded due to having no insurance.
That would be a sad way to end Ebony's story, but thankfully another officer, who happened to be a single mom, brought Ebony's situation to APD Deputy Chief Jeff Glazier.
Ebony's story moved Glazier. He quietly helped find her and the family some shelter and went to meet her 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.
Over the 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.
"For the last year I've watched this strong woman raise her children in the most difficult conditions," Glazier said.
Ebony was finally able to afford an apartment and now works as an assistant manager at a fast food restaurant. Unfortunately, she and three of her children have health problems, and risk being homeless again.
"Ebony has had health issues for most of her life," Glazier said. "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 now Glazier and the Atlanta Police Department is coming to the community to help the Rhodes family have a small safety net.
He's set up a GoFundMe account where anyone can donate money to help Ebony and her children stay on their feet. So far, the campaign has raised over $8,000 of its $15,000.
"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," Glazier wrote.
If you want to make a donation to the family, and for more information on the campaign, visit the family's GoFundMe below.