Families often experience hardship, but Anita and Curtis Roundy and their five children went through one of the toughest trials: homelessness.
Curtis, a high-end kitchen counter contractor, was not able to drum up enough work to keep up with payments on their three-bedroom home, according to the Sun Journal.
The Roundys tried renegotiating their mortgage, but were only able to knock off $150 a month.
A local sherrif’s deputy served the Lewiston, Maine, family foreclosure papers after they fell behind on mortgage payments.
The struggling family found a home in poor condition, which a property management company agreed to owner-finance if the husband made repairs.
“It ended up more money than if we purchased a house the regular way, but we didn't have equity or credit,” Anita Roundy told the Sun Journal.
Family friends helped Curtis with the work on the home, but the family wasn’t able to move in immediately.
The Roundys were forced to move in with another family in a neighboring town.
Their three girls slept in one room, and Anita, Curtis and their 18-month-old baby slept in another. Justin, the Roundy’s son, slept on a cot in a closet.
In between house repairs and school, Justin and Curtis took jobs doing landscaping. Their son would get up everyday at 1 a.m. and shovel snow until 7:30 before heading to school.
Eventually, the family was able to move into the new home in March 2011. Curtis has managed to find work, and the family is still recovering from their ordeal.
During their troubles, the family suffered sleepless nights over their future and wellbeing.
“We had two weeks where we had no idea where we were going to go. I was looking into the homeless shelter,” Anita Roundy told the Sun Journal.
The family is grateful for the help they received from friends during their hardships.
“God forbid at some point you might be in a situation where you're going to need help,” Anita Roundy told the Sun Journal. “We all need to be there to help each other.”
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