NaHyrah & Shoshana, A Story Of Love And Hope
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NaHyrah and Shoshana were new to the state. They moved from Florida to Wisconsin before settling in California.
“We left with hopes and dreams as we moved across the country.”
With the promise of work, they were looking forward to starting a new life in Fairfield, CA.
“Once the employment went south so did our housing and that’s how we became homeless.”
From this point the coupled left Fairfield and headed to Sacramento, where they contacted dozens of shelters and homeless organizations but seemed to receive the same response, we’re full.
“We slept outside some nights because we didn’t have anywhere to go.”
Eventually the couple received assistance from an LGBT organization where they were able to recommend Women’s Empowerment as a next step.
“We both applied for the program and were accepted into the same class, Session 60. We got so much more out of Women’s Empowerment then we were expecting.”
The couple announced to their peers that they would be making a more serious commitment to one another, and were legally married the day after graduation.
“On the day of graduation we were still homeless but soon after found temporary low income housing.”
NaHyrah and Shoshana were told they would only be allowed to live there for 3-6 weeks but ended up staying for a total of three months.
As of April 15th, 2016 the couple lives in their own one bedroom apartment in Sacramento.
“When we first moved in we sometimes slept on the floor but it didn’t matter. It gave us peace of mind to know that this was our own place and at any given moment someone wasn’t going to come in and tell us it was time to leave. We’re in control now.”
NaHyrah and Shoshana each graduated from Women’s Empowerment with part-time jobs at Raley Field. Shoshana continues to work there while NaHyrah left and is currently working for a temp agency and hopes to be permanently hired after the four month temp period is over.
NaHyrah attended Women’s Empowerments hiring event for the Golden One Center and received a job offer as an usher. Shoshana too applied in the weeks following and just received word that she will join her wife at the Golden One Center in the fall of 2016.
Within the next 2-5 years the couple plans to move to Shoshana’s home state, New York, and own their own home and car. Shoshana plans to start her own website building company and hopes have two more beautiful children with her beloved wife NaHyrah.
NaHyrah plans to go back to school and the couple hopes to one day be able to donate to Women’s Empowerment and other organizations that have helped them become the confident, successful women they are today.
“If there’s something we want the future WE women to know it would be to keep your heads up. Things may seem bad now but you’ll get through it. Women’s Empowerment isn’t a cold place, it’s an opening place so you’ll always need tissues. The people that make up Women’s Empowerment, staff and students alike are, an extended family and a great support.”