I had been homeless for three years. I called Ms. Donna at the Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin, Inc., and asked if she could help. I was so excited to know someone wanted to give me another chance, or just to hear me out. Ms. Donna showed me an apartment. It had been so long since anyone had asked me or shown me an apartment of any kind. Ms. Donna asked me how I liked it and I said, “This is really nice.” She said, “It is yours.” I was so shocked, I was lost for words; I just cried.
Some days have been very overwhelming. But I have persevered, continuing my hard work in school. I will graduate in December 2015 with an Associate’s Degree in Human Services as an Alcohol, and Substance Abuse Counselor. I have taken my state exam and passed!! I am now a substance abuse counselor in-training! I will also be getting married later this year. Oh my goodness, who would ever thought that my life would change so much with the help of the SHIFT [Supportive Housing For Individuals And Families In Transition] program through Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin. I pray that this program will stay in existence to continue to help others. I never would have been able to do all these things without being given this chance to better my life, and without me giving myself the chance.