(WJBK) - Sitting in what should be her Detroit home that she, her husband and their six children are supposed to be sharing, 33-year-old Estelle Barnes-Summers is only reminded of her family's heartache.
They bought the home three years ago and had plans to fix it up with her husband, Elijah Summers. Their work and their lives were paralyzed last May when her husband was shot and killed.
Estelle was barely able to grieve, and had to quickly return to work as a store manager.
"Because I had to get money. We had to live and eat. Bills started piling up," she says. The family is now staying at family members' houses.
Desperate, Estelle is reaching out to Yatooma's Foundation for the kids. Its founder and president Norman Yatooma is all too familiar with unsolved gun violence in Detroit.
"We lost my dad in a very similar fashion. It's personal, hearing her tell her story," he says.
Looking around the 4-bedroom home, Estelle imagines a place for her children to play and sleep, and she's humbly asking for help.
"Anything that a house would need. I have nothing. I have no furniture. I have no walls," she says. "I don't have to have anything -- my kids deserve a home."
While Estelle says all she can do now is continue to work hard, she tries not to give up hope that there are folks out there to lend a helping hand.
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