Linda is on the right track
You gave Linda what she needed for a bright future.
Running a marathon is tough.
Unfortunately, Linda is a single mom that feels her life has been a very long and painful marathon.
Linda was just 14 when her own mom introduced her to a life of drugs."She taught me how to be a functioning addict.She taught us all the wrong things," shares Linda.
After more than 10 years of living on the streets, couch hopping and living in dirty motels with her two young girls in tow,the day came when something inside spoke to Linda. Somewhere, deep down Linda knew she wanted to get sober. She wanted to be a better mother to her girls than her own mother was to her. With tears and hugs, Linda promised her girls that she would get healthy and come back to get them when she was ready to be the best mom she could be.
Then Linda called Volunteers of America and asked for help. Change isn't easy for anyone. Linda's change was tough because she had to unlearn feeling worthless. Linda had to learn to love herself.
After three long hard months of working with her counselor and our caring Volunteers of America staff Linda was able to return to her daughters. Linda kept her promise. She was healthier and was choosing to be sober every day.
Getting clean was just the first step.The time at Volunteers of America lit a fire in Linda.She was ready to find a job and a home. Through VOA's employment and housing program she's found both.
Our staff has described Linda as a sponge. They said she would absorb all the skills she was learning as quickly as she could.Linda has become the role model she yearned for when she was a young girl. She is the mother to her girls that she dreamed she could be.
It's stories like Linda's that remind each of us at Volunteers of America that miracles happen every day.
"Volunteers of America got me on the right track and I will always be grateful. My life is amazing because of all of you!"
The lives of 674 individuals have changed with employment because of you. Who will help the next family get back on their feet?
In the past 20 months, over 674 people have gotten a job that will help them secure their own housing and leave homelessness behind for good.
Volunteers of America has the most successful employment program in the state but there are still nearly 3,200 more individuals waiting for their chance to join our employment readiness program.
Help us continue our services and close our $500,000 gap so everyone can have the pride and dignity that sustainable employment can offer.