“You have to focus on one family at a time.” “We’re looking to break a cycle of issues and;poverty.”
within the Community
Knowing what it’s like to emerge from homelessness, Michael;Campbell
works to provide safe transitional housing for women and children in need.
By Erica Christoffer
Two stints of homelessness as a young child imbued
Michael Campbell with the desire to help others avoid
the same desperate circumstances. Campbell was just
2 years old when his mother, Jean, fled his alcoholic father in California. When he was 9, she left her second
husband in Moline, Ill. “We slept in the car for days.
We were wearing the same clothes. We weren’t able
to bathe,” he says, until they found a boarding house
where his mother, his younger brother, and he shared
a single room.
The family’s life eventually stabilized when Jean
found a steady job in Kankakee,;Ill. But those tumul-
tuous experiences were pivotal for Campbell, ;;;,
;;;. Eventually, they led to his involvement with The
Hearth Foundation in Tucson, Ariz., which provides
transitional housing for single mothers facing tremen-