Total loan: $7,500
Houston, TX, United States / Services
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A loan helped 15 kids be placed in a home with safe living conditions and proper nutrition.
Too often we live a life of wondering "what is my purpose" and I am not exempt from this feeling at all. I always knew that my passion was to make a difference in lives but was never sure of exactly how I would do this. I started volunteering at the age of 14, working at a local Boys and Girls club, soup kitchens, and homeless shelters in Milwaukee, WI my hometown. I went on to pursue my Bachelor's degree in Social Welfare and a Master's in Clinical Psychology because I knew that my heart was dedicated to helping others in need. While interning for my Master's degree I worked at a private practice providing therapeutic services to children ages 5-17 and I instantly knew that this was the population that needed my skills. Seeing this facility where these children are living in unsafe conditions with no contact with their parents broke my heart, especially since I am a mother myself. I could not fathom the thought of hearing about children being in this facility dying of illness, malnutrition, and human trafficking and not knowing if my child is okay. After doing extensive research and taking classes on how to open a group home in TX, I decided to pack up and move to Houston, TX with hopes of opening a group home to remove students from these unsafe conditions and attempt to reunify them with their parents. I am very proud of not only giving students a safe home but also be able to provide internships and scholarships to students because this is what led me to where I am today. If I had never received scholarships I would not have been able to attend college and my internship allowed me to find my true calling.