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The average child at Vogel Alcove stays nine months and walks in with a single mom.

They come from domestic violence shelters, emergency shelters, housing programs, you name it.

China Hampton, has two kids here, works and attends school. She says Vogel Alcove lets her focus on raising her children right while focusing on moving up in life.

'It was always a different place,' she said. 'He was always starting over, starting over, starting over. He would adjust only to go somewhere else.'

From physical therapy to occupational and speech therapy, the goal is to get kids' lives back on track, but the demand is high with a waiting list of 30 kids most of the time.

For Hampton, this isn't just a place marker in her life, it's an investment.

'It's not we are going to sit here and watch your kids until you come back, they are progressing and teaching every day,' she said.

'It's all about books and anytime you are dealing with children the more books you can put in any child's hands, the better off they are,' explained .

Vogel Alcove shares our passion for reading, but takes it to the next level, understanding for many of these kids that a book can be an escape during a traumatic time.

'The children of Vogel Alcove are homeless but they are not hopeless,' Hughes said.

Hampton is proof. Her son, Josiah even begs to come here on weekends.

'I think everyone needs something to look forward to and that's school for him,' Hampton said.

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