When TeShauna first enrolled in YWCA's Project Self-Sufficiency program she had a game plan and timeline. She recently moved to permanent housing in Wallingford and wanted to share her journey with us. Here is what Teshauna had to say.
How do you feel YWCA showed up for you and your family?
When I moved here from Cleveland, Ohio with my family, we lived in Redmond. After about a year we became homeless and YWCA was there the moment I ran out of funds for a hotel. More than that, YWCA provide mental health counseling which I appreciated. Even though I had a timeline and I knew my children and I were in transition, I felt like I was a part of a community and there was an educational program for my children so they felt welcome too. My case manager kept me grounded and listened to my concerns and plans for the future. She listened to me and this gave me the confidence I needed to succeed.
How do you feel you can apply what you got/learned from being at YWCA to your day-to-day life?
I know and understand that things don't happen as planned and it is always good to have two or three backup plans. I am a jack of all trades and I know I can accomplish whatever I set my mind to. I had a timeline and wanted to finish the program in six months and I wanted my kids to know that this was only a temporary situation. I have learned more about how YWCA works and how they serve the larger community.
What are your goals/aspirations in the near future?
I have to remain here at my new home and better my credit. I have a lot of big plans and I am excited to experience and accomplish all of them. In January I plan to attend Shoreline Community College to finish my degree in Recording Arts and Technology.
Thank you for sharing your story with us and for the Gratitude Report. Do you feel there is power in sharing one's story? Why did you feel you could share yours?
Throughout my life, I have learned that my condition doesn't define who I am. It is always good to share one's story to inspire someone else who might also be feeling discouraged. I shared my story because I am a part of this community, and I believe in order to make a change, we must come together as one. Create unity through community.
If you could summarize your experience with YWCA in a few words what would they be?
Educating and life-changing.
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