Sunday marked the longest Joseph Luther, 30, and Tiffany Highsmith, 26, have had a steady roof over their heads in a while.
The couple was left homeless after falling on hard times.
But a call from a concerned citizen to the founder of Shepherd of the Gulf Lynda Favre changed everything.
"I contacted one of the cold weather shelters in D'Iberville and they made a spot for them and I collected them personally, got them into some dry clothes. Went to a used clothing store and got them into some dry clothes," Favre said.
The couple says the day they met Favre was one of the toughest.
"Okay that day, we happen to sleep under the bridge all night long. It was raining, pouring down. I was drenched from head to toe. My shoes, my feet were like iceberg. Like I took my shoes off my feet were purple," Highsmith said.
With the continued help of Favre and other good samaritans the couple landed a place they now call home.
"At present day, they are staying at an apartment that they rented at Oregon Place. And that's the biggest success story because they went from possibly using the only money they had to rent a hotel room for a few days to making the choice of trying to find an apartment to live for a month at a time.
They say this new chapter in life opens the door for them to start focusing on getting their lives in order.
"Try to get an I.D. Try to make the right payments. Stay off the street," Luther said.
The two are currently on disability, but say they hope to bring in more income with a job.
"I will do anything to keep a roof over my head. Because I do not, let me say this one more time, I do not want to go back on the streets ever again in life. It's cold. It's dangerous," said Highsmith.
Highsmith and Luther say they are beyond grateful for what Favre and others have done for them.
The couple has children that they hope to bring home once they are able to get their finances in order.
If you are interested in learning more about how you can help Shepherd of the Gulf help this couple and others in need click here or call (228) 229-8980.
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