Janell’s Story: “I want my son to know that he is loved.”
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Back in 2012, Janell was suffering the repercussions of falling in with the wrong crowd. She was estranged from her family, without a place to live. When we first met her, she’d been homeless for nine months—crashing on friends’ floors and staying in motels.
“I just remember being so scared,” she recalls. Despite her fear, Janell was ready for a change.
Our staff and volunteers worked with her to unearth her potential, and she bonded quickly with the 30 other homeless women in her class.
Buoyed by the support and training offered by Women’s Empowerment, these women developed their skills and began to see a path forward. Their shared circumstances gave Janell strength, proof that she wasn’t alone.
On her graduation day, Janell recalls “feeling so strong and proud of myself. I knew that since I’d finally completed something, I could go out into the world and do even more.”
And has she ever!
When she entered Women’s Empowerment, Janell dreamed of someday completing a master’s degree in social work. At the time, it seemed like a far off dream.
But we are happy to report that Janell has just graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and has been accepted into the University of Southern California’s Masters of Social Work program.
Even more impressively, she has accomplished all this while working full-time at Health Net and raising her 2-year-old son, Gabriel. After earning her graduate degree, Janell plans to dedicate her life to helping homeless women.
She told us, “I want my son to grow up strong, healthy and knowing every day that he is loved.”