Repairing Hearts Means Healing a Family


Patrick McCleveland, who recently passed away, with this family


Patrick was a life force. He was a loving father and stepfather. Patrick was a brother, an uncle, and a son. He was also a business-owner and a Cowboys fan.

Patrick’s love for his children helped him overcome life’s many challenges. Destiny, Sabrina, Ethan, and Summer were his motivation.

When Patrick suddenly passed away from a heart attack, he left a void in the lives of his loved ones. He left his children behind.

Although losing Patrick was painful, his absence created an opportunity. A chance for a mother to step back into her children’s lives and deliver on her promise to care for them.



Candice is part of the Vogel Alcove family because her children enrolled here while living with their father, Patrick.

She lives in a shelter as she continues a journey of healing from past trauma. In fact, Candice chose to return to the same shelter she recalled living in as a child.

Without Patrick, Candice no longer had someone to lean on and care for their children. Patrick made sure that the kids stayed on the right track while Candice focused on healing.

Now, the kids motivated Candice to step up in new ways.

“Vogel Alcove understands what mothers are facing and what homelessness is like. They provide my
children with safety and prepare them for what’s ahead.”
– Candice

Candice worked with her social worker to set up a support system. She took advantage of Vogel Alcove’s Parent Opportunity Center.

To prepare for becoming the primary caregiver for her children, Candice takes parenting classes. She wants to learn how to be the best mom she can be. Other classes, such as financial literacy, help her get ready to move from the shelter to a stable home.


What you can do

Valentine’s Day is the time of year when there are hearts everywhere. This is the time when people are thinking of what their loved ones mean to them. As Candice said,

“COVID helped me really reflect on what is important.”

Next time you see a heart, think of how Vogel Alcove is helping heal this family’s hearts. And bring them back together. Candice and her children are just one of our many stories.


From A-Z, Vogel Alcove’s Programs and Services create new beginnings for homeless children and their families.
Give Now and change a child’s life forever.

Vogel Alcove's ABCs: Accredited Early Childhood Program Brain-Based Curriculum Camp Vogel Developmental Services Enrichment Activities Family Support Programs Gardening Opportunities Health Clinic Immunizations and Well Child Check-ups Job Ready Training for Parents Kindergarten Readiness Skill Development Licensed Master Social Workers Mental Health Therapy for Parents Nature Explore -Certified Classroom On-site Networking and Support Play therapy Qualified teachers Resource Room Sensory Lab Trauma-Informed Programming USDA Farm-to-Table Volunteer Support Welcoming smiles Xtra Hugs Your support which makes all of this possible Zillions of thanks to you from all the kids!