Thunderbird residents get help from local organization

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After the closing of Thunderbird Motel on Thursday, the county says they brought out resources to help the 34 people who were forced out without notice.

A difficult time for them especially with the holiday being around the corner. But five families and 14 children are all getting help from Family Promise of Greater Savannah with a temporary place to call home.

Homelessness is the circumstance when people are without a permanent home or unable to maintain adequate housing due to the lack of a steady income.

But for 34 adults and 14 kids the Thunderbird Motel was considered home. Thursday, the motel was shut down due to multiple code violations. Leaving those who already struggle daily with an even bigger pill to swallow days before Christmas.

“We come across a lot of families who have resided in hotels for months and sometimes years. one of the things that we want to do is let the community know we are here and we do serve the entire family,” Family Promise of Greater Savannah, Executive Director, Katrina Bostick says.

Bostick says she got a call last week telling her a motel would be shut down but she didn’t know where. Days later she was asked if she had room because they were being forced out that same day. She began to call resources and supporters to find new homes for those who are now displaced.

“It becomes trauma on top of another trauma. Being homeless is really a traumatic experience not for the adults but for the children. So for those children who have caught the bus to and from that hotel for months at a time. To come home from that bus stop to know that guess what I won’t be coming back here tomorrow. Or for mom and dad who really created a safe space for their family even though the living conditions weren’t up to par,” Bostick.

But they were able to provide them with food, clothing, money and a place to call home.

“We were able to relocate them to another hotel, so they are at another hotel currently,” Bostick says.

Although these families can have a Merry Christmas, you help is still in need. Family Promise of Greater Savannah is asking for monetary donations. No donation is too small. They also accept gift cards.

Donations can be made on their website. If you would like to mail in a donation, you can send to, P.O. Box 22023, Savannah, Ga., 31403.

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