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WCPO 9 viewers rescue mother of six from threat of eviction

Posted at 6:44 PM, Jun 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-15 19:17:47-04

LINCOLN HEIGHTS, Ohio — Great news for a mom of six close to eviction.

La’shawnda Palmore will not have to go through that traumatic experience.

After WCPO 9 shared Palmore's story last Monday, several viewers reached out to help her.

In court, it felt imminent. Two-months’ rent overdue. Three-thousand dollars the mom of six between jobs could not pay.

Behind her mask, Palmore worried she’d be homeless a second time.

But one week later, she was jumping for joy.

“Scream, shout, jump up and down! Call my kids, tell them everything is OK!" Palmore said.

Joy that nothing can hide.

“I’m like, ‘Oh, my goodness!” she laughed as she recalled her visit to the Hamilton County Justice Center window.

"They were like, ‘No, everything is taken care of. You don't have to worry about it.’

“So, just got blessed. Got a blessing," Palmore said.

St. Vincent de Paul staff had called Palmore’s landlord. Using money from the county's new eviction resource center, SVDP had promised to pay what Palmore could not.

As COVID-19 spread, she got sick, lost her job and just recently found work.

When WCPO 9 viewers heard, they rallied.

"I didn't expect it at all," Palmore said.

“My daughter is expecting July 7 and Miss Lori came and gave my baby a whole bunch of baby clothes, wipes, Pampers..."

“She said, ‘I got four kids and my kids are older like yours, and your story just remind me of myself.’"

Palmore’s heart was full.

“To know that in 2020 with all that's going on, there's some love still out there," she said. "Lot of love still out there."

And Palmore still has the home to prove it.

Palmore, a certified nurse’s aide, is officially on someone's staff expected to work 12-hour shifts and, in her words, "make good money."

Enough to take care of her family going forward.