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Support flows for homeless Henrico brothers who sang gospel


Things are looking better for the Henrico brothers who sang gospel music on a street corner in hopes of raising money for their family. They are homeless and living out of a hotel in Henrico's West End. Panhandling is illegal in the county and had to stop. 

With school starting in just a few days, the Johnson brothers -- Trajlen, 13; Taevone, 12; Tashaun, 11; and Tarrin, 8, weren't sure if they would have brand new supplies this year. The cost for four boys can be well over a couple hundred dollars. They were also worried they wouldn't be able to go back to their schools in Sandston.

"I really wanted to go there but where we was living, we wasn't sure we were going to go to Elko [Middle]," Trajlen said. 

The boys' mother, Tsedale Wallace, says Henrico school leaders have stepped in. With the aid of a program that helps homeless students, the boys were able to get new school supplies and a bus will pick them up at the hotel in the west end to drive them to Donahoe Elementary and Elko Middle.

"Some of the teachers themselves have come out personally to see us and when you have that much support that's pretty much where you want your kids to be," Wallace said.

There has also been an outpouring of support from the community. 

"Words can't express our gratitude, it's been nothing but a blessing," she said.

But jobs for the parents and permanent housing have been harder to come by. The family hopes to move back to Sandston, so the boys' education stays consistent. 

"I'm trying to avoid my children in certain areas of the city if at all possible," Wallace said. "They're boys and they're easily impressionable, just to make sure they stay on the right track."

The story of the Jonnson brothers singing on a corner has struck a chord with people and the family is grateful. 

"I appreciate them helping out a lot, they've helped out the family a lot," Trajlen said.

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