Ten years ago, Sandy Baker left her troubled marriage. Using what money she could scrape together, Sandy checked into a motel with her teenage daughter, Ashley. They were homeless for the next two and a half years.

Recently, they came to a StoryCorps booth in Dallas to talk about that time. 

Ashley and Sandy now have their own apartment. This year, Ashley graduated college, and Sandy now works to provide housing for others in need.

Top photo: Ashley Baker and Sandy Baker at their StoryCorps interview in Dallas, TX on October 19, 2019. By Eleanor Vasilli for StoryCorps.

This interview was recorded through a community partnership with Family Promise of Collin County

Originally aired November 29, 2019 , on NPR’s Morning Edition.