Atlanta police went above and beyond the call of duty when he found out that a family of five had been forced to live in their car. He then helped them find a home.
Like most other parents, Ebony Rhodes tried to do the best for her children. She worked at a local store to keep them fed and clothed.
However, when she drove them to a library to study, the local police pulled her over. The mother-of-four from Atlanta, Georgia knew that she was in trouble.
In an interview with CNN in March 2018, Rhodes recounted: “She came to the car and asked why I was crying. And I was like, ‘Because I know my license isn’t good.’”
Due to a suspended license and no insurance, Rhodes' car was impounded and she was arrested. That's when her story began to circulate around the Atlanta Police Department.
As the police officers examined her car further, they realized that to Rhodes, it wasn't just a car that had been impounded.
She was actually a homeless woman and living out of the car with her children. For her, this car meant everything.
“When I got off work, we would just sleep right there in the parking lot in my car,” Rhodes told WSB-TV. “A lot of people didn’t know that because I was still going to work.”
When her heartbreaking story reached Deputy Chief Jeff Glazier, he was compelled to do something.
Glazier also learned that Rhodes was suffering from a chronic blood disorder and she had to miss days of work at a time because of it.
According to CNN, Glazier told his wife: “We have to do something about this.”
Days later, he got the car back and find a shelter and then an apartment for the family.
“If we were to let Ebony’s family fail, I think that would be a failure on us,” Glazier told WSB-TV. “I think we all have to come together and help each other out.”
The officer also created a GoFundMe page to solicit donations for Rhodes and her four children.
“My goal is 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 [sic],” Glazier wrote on the page.
Rhodes was very grateful. She told WSB-TV: “Atlanta police department is my backbone, they help me come a long way."
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