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Homeless family has 'Wish' granted

7:36 PM, Nov 19, 2009   |    comments
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It happened because of you.

Wednesday night, Angelique Robinson shared a story of homelessness, unemployment and frustration. Earlier this year, her husband lost his job; the family has been without work or a home ever since, depending on the couches of friends and relatives.

It's not that there isn't an abundance of available housing shelters for homeless families in Colorado; in fact, a simple search will yield a few dozen options for parents and children. However, Angelique and her husband are too young (17 and 19) to qualify for many homeless shelters as a family with a child. Most options would have required the Robinsons to split up and live separately, something they were not willing to do.

Shortly after the story aired on 9NEWS Wednesday evening, calls and emails poured in. Viewers offered everything from simple gifts of coffee and conversation to donations of food, clothing and diapers. Many provided ideas and recommendations for homeless shelters offering space for teenage family housing.

Then, a call came in from Bill Jennings, executive director of Wish. The pending non-profit organization offered to pay for six months of rent at an apartment, as well as providing food, clothes, furniture and diapers. The family accepted the offer and will move into their new home shortly before Thanksgiving.

"I thought if 9NEWS is willing to put story on the air, there has to be something special about this couple," Jennings said. "They need our help. It fits [the vision of our nonprofit]. I knew we had to do this."

Wish is preparing to grant other wishes for families across the country who are in need of help, whether it's because they're homeless, disabled, battling disease or for another compelling reason. This wish is the first granted in Colorado.

To learn more about Wish, visit www.wishesarepossible.org.

If you know a hero, or need a hero, send us a hero tip by visiting Hero Central on 9NEWS.

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