BURLINGTON, N.C. — Watching her children’s faces light up is the best gift Sharnel Rogers could have gotten this Christmas, no matter where she’s spending it.
“This place, I know it’s called an emergency shelter but for us, me and my family, it was more like an emergency home,” Rogers said.
That home is the shelter at Allied Churches in Burlington – a place she lived for four months with her three sons after losing her job August 2012.
“We were struggling after I lost my job,” Rogers said. “The unemployment benefits were kind of striked away.”
She’s doing better now after moving out into a new home two days ago, but decided to come back to the shelter to celebrate with people she calls family.
“You get to eat beside them, sleep beside them, so when you wake up in the morning, they’re like another family,” Rogers said.