Shelter for Homeless Single Fathers Opens in Fort Worth

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FORT WORTH -- For any single parent, raising a kid solo isn't easy. As for Kevin Jones, his past makes the future even harder for him and his son.

"Not happy to say this but I'm a convicted felon," Jones told NewsFix. "My son's mother had the name so we could rent apartments and houses but when we split up, those things were no longer available to me."

After receiving full custody, Kevin found himself and his 8-year-old son living out of his car -- striving to survive. It was simple words from his little boy that sent the 45-year-old dad on a pursuit of happiness.

"He looked up at me and told me, 'Dad, everything is going to be alright.'"

Kevin put his pride to the side and made a decision that would change their lives forever. He called Union Gospel Mission. The organization helps the homeless find shelter, food, and resources to get them back on their feet.

"A lot of good things have began to happen," Jones explained. "Resources are available to me that have cleared up some tickets I had and I've gotten back in school."

UGM has recently opened the doors at Scott Walker Women and Families Service Building to help other single fathers like Kevin. The facility also features a computer lab donated by the Mavs Foundation.  It's the only shelter in the area serving not only mothers, but also fathers and dual parent families looking for a fresh start.

For a father like Kevin, that's worth fighting for.

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