A year ago, Monyette Ervin faced a questionable future. After supporting herself for more than 30 years, debilitating back pain left the former nursing home employee unable to work and in danger of losing her home.

Efforts by Chattanooga's community of social service agencies, churches and individual donors, however, stopped foreclosure from happening.

Ervin, now 59, praises God for the fortunate turn of events that has allowed her keep the family home, but also acknowledges the generosity of strangers that helped her stabilize her financial footing.

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