New Hope for Life
On April 30th, 2018, I walked through the doors at CRITI. One suitcase and my eight-month old son ‘Jr’ in hand…impoverished, unemployed, abused, uneducated and now homeless too. Since childhood, I became almost conditioned to withstand maltreatment…I had no idea I was being emotionally abused. After many failed relationships and absolutely zero personal success, my family put me aside and labeled me a problem and embarrassment. I had nowhere to go.
Since I walked through CRITI’s doors, I have accomplished more life goals [than in] my entire life combined. The women here have shown me love, respect, safety and compassion. They believe in me. CRITI made it possible to obtain my GED and enroll in the ‘ticket to work’ program. In two years, my goal is to complete my Certified Professional Coder apprenticeship, earn a living wage and not be receiving any public assistance.