Two days before Thanksgiving, Maylissa found herself with no place to live.
"You are an adult," she recalls hearing from a relative she was living with at the time.
"No hard feelings," said the 22-year-old single mother. "She's right."
Like an aftershock, Maylissa got another jolt when she said her paychecks starting bouncing from her job at a local fast food restaurant.
Now staying at the night shelter with her son, Ja'Liyq, 1, Maylissa has been struggling to get back on her feet. Many challenges prevent her from punching a time clock again.
Without day care for her son, how will she find a job? Without a job, how will she pay for day care?
Being an adult has not been easy.
But Maylissa and countless others in similar situations are getting the help they need at Philip's Station, a Cooperative Christian Ministry resource center in Concord dedicated to providing the homeless and the jobless with help they need to rejoin the work force.
Located on Kannapolis Highway, Philip's Station operates out of The Opportunity House, a building it shares with Midway United Methodist Church ministry. Philip's Station keeps hours from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Most of the clients who visit the center are living paycheck to paycheck, just like Maylissa, said Bruce Wells, program manager for Philip's Station.
The tall, salt- and pepper-haired gentleman may just be one person, but Wells, 55, has plenty of community resources to help him push aside obstacles keeping his clients from employment.
You don't have a résumé? No problem. A local bank vice president volunteers weekly to help write them.
You're having trouble reading job applications? The Literacy Council meets here and can teach you to read.
But first, you need help kicking alcohol or drugs? He knows a place to take you.
"We try to give them all the tools they need to get back in the work force," he said.
Philip's Station serves a little more than 200 clients a month, said Marshall Smith, the program's housing director.
The Opportunity House was provided through Midway United Methodist Church two years ago and still has the feel of a home. Aged hardwood floors run through the entire house, and it has a bright kitchen and a den with a fireplace.
A small room, maybe once a bedroom, is now lined with eight computers clients can use to search for jobs. The garage holds racks of professional clothing donated so people can look smart on their job interviews.
Those that have used Philip's Station feel it is an asset to the community. Wells sees it as the other way around. The resources and volunteers in the community help people stand on their own.
"None of this would work if we didn't communicate with each other," he said.
Maylissa received help filling out forms for a voucher allowing her free childcare. The center will also help prepare her for job interviews, provide computer skills courses, counseling and even bus tokens to work until she gets her first paycheck, which she hopes will be soon.
She had a job interview Feb. 4.
An encouraging sign reads in the entrance of The Opportunity House, "Do you need a fresh start today? God offers you one!"
Sometimes we just need the opportunity.