I was raised in foster care from the time I was born up until I turned eighteen years old. Many challenges I have had to overcome. When I was a teenager I started off doing drugs, about seventeen actually, I was still a teenager, I entered a life of prostitution, a life I had no clue of where I was going.
About a year later I got pregnant with my first child. Even then I did not know who I was or where I was going, or what I was facing. It has been a very difficult path. But as my daughter got a little bit older I realized that it wasn't the life that I wanted to live, it wasn't the life that I wanted to show her, and that she deserved better.
Last year, in the summer, I ran into someone giving out flyers to Metro. So, me being that I wanted to change my life I decided to see what that was like. Walking in there was very scary. But as I walked in there, and the people, they made me feel so comfortable. I knew that right then that I would be successful.
Metro has helped me in many different ways, and I'm so happy to be where I am today. Thank you to Metro. They have helped me with job training. They have helped me to learn about myself and how to be out in the world to deal with people in a professional environment.
I have many accomplishments, thank you very much to Metro. I had no job, I had no car, I was homeless. And today I have three jobs, and I have a car, and I have a home. It's amazing where God has brought me.
Every year since she's been born - she's now four - every year I've been on the go, or we were just not financially stable, or we didn't have a home to put up a tree. So this year we had our own home and she had her first Christmas tree and she was able to decorate that tree. And the look on her face was priceless, it was very priceless. She had a wonderful Christmas.
My goal is to own a group home, and I will do so. There are people, kids, teenagers who need me. I have been in many situations, I've been in the system myself, where I have encountered people that don't know what it takes to help a person like myself, and I will be that person. So that's my bigger goal.