A year later, when I was seven months pregnant with my daughter Angelica, we went to a homeless shelter. The father of my children turned to drugs and I had no choice but to leave him. I had no home, no family support, literally no one.
I entered into the welfare to work program and learned about Head Start through Gateway Community Action Partnership, a social service agency which placed my children in their daycare program and offered me a job as a classroom aide. They also paid for my schooling which eventually allowed me to be a group teacher. I also got my first low income apartment.
I went through credit classes, along with a Dollar to Dollar program that Gateway offered which led me to eventually become a homeowner.
Even though in high school I was classified as a remedial student, I will be graduating in a week in a half with my Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Science from Wilmington University.
I am now a homeowner of seven years and work in a doctor’s office.
I am happy and proud of what I have accomplished so far. It has been a long road and at times I thought of giving up. I know that without Gateway’s help, I would not be able to stand here today and tell you my story. I thank God for all the strength he has given me over the years when I had no one else.
My dream is to further my education with a Master’s degree in Social Service and one day help women who struggle the way I have.