“My strength is I’m caring. I like to help people. I’m loving. I’m a good mother. Responsible. Reliable. I had to be selfless, especially when raising a daughter by myself. I’m the type of person that says ‘I can do it.’ I never say ‘no.’”
“When I was in high school I took careers with child development. I learned that if you keep staying in an abusive family, that cycle continues and continues. So I broke it with my daughter. I left, and I never looked back. I didn’t want the same thing that happened to me to happen to her. I made sure she had a good childhood. I tried to make sure she was safe. I let her have her own mind. I just wanted her to have a happy life.
My mother’s got dementia, so I had to go take care of my Mom. For a whole month, I was only here for one week. So when I came back, I was behind on my rent, and I lost my job. Then the landlord raised the rent, and I wasn’t able to get caught up.”
“[Unlocked is] a friendly environment. I like working with my hands. My grandmother showed us how to knit and embroider things. I learned how to be useful with my hands. We do little arts and crafts things. It’s satisfying. I feel like I’m accomplishing something, doing something. I get to make this pretty little jewelry. With Unlocked, I feel free. I’m not out on the street struggling, I’ve got a place. That’s what ‘Unlocked’ means: you’re free.”
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