A family from Englewood risks living on the streets to avoid the violence in their neighborhood.
Former Chicago resident Angellisa Bullock willing left everything behind for greener pastures in Madison, Wisconsin.
With gang violence grabbing national headlines in areas like Englewood, Bullock was willing to let go of what she knew for someplace else, any place else.
Her daughter called her mom and said, “Why not Madison?” It worked for her and she was hoping it could work for the rest of her family, too. The prospect meant leaving home and it also meant leaving police lights and sirens, ambulances and the sound of gunfire behind.
On Sunday, September 22nd, Madison police officers stumbled upon the unthinkable: An entire family destitute, nowhere to go, but together, living on the streets.
Someone notified police that they hears a baby crying from beneath the blankets on a street in Madison. Police said they found an extended family of 10 people; 6 children, 4 adults, with the youngest child only 5 months. And one of the women was 6 months pregnant
Madison police, pastors and perfect strangers pitched in to help the Bullocks. They found them food, shelter at a local hotel and were able to keep the Bullocks together while some of them searched for work.
So far two have landed jobs.
Now they need to scrounge up enough cash to rent a home. They hope that means leaving the violence of the old neighborhood in Chicago behind them and starting a new life across the border in Wisconsin, the family’s future unknown.
“It’s going to take some time, but we’re getting there,” Angellisa said.