This year has been the most challenging of my last 38 years.
Due to a series of circumstances, I found myself homeless, scared and lost. Throughout my life I have responded to challenges as an opportunity to stretch my moral fiber and life experiences.
That was not the case with becoming homeless.
Then in January of this year, I found New Beginnings, and the program helped me re-establish my hope and focus. I needed to fall on my face and experience hopelessness to fully surrender my life to God and to start a new beginning.
I am not your typical homeless person. I started my post-secondary education at New York University in 1996 for Theatre and English, though I never finished my degree. Then last year I began working towards a dream to open my own non-profit organization.
Becoming homeless after that provided me the humility and realization that I still have an opportunity to live a life full of hope and a future.
During one of the classes at New Beginnings, I learned about the degree programs and opportunities at Lake Sumter State College. I never thought I could continue my education at my age and financial position. Thanks to scholarships and low tuition, I have been blessed with a hand up to my purposed future: a Business Management degree. I enrolled in August and I’m currently taking classes.
However, I may not be going to school next semester. There is a problem with my transcripts and I might be blocked from going until I can pay NYU the balance owed to them and consolidate my Perkins Loan.
I am praying that I get a chance to continue.
However, I graduated from New Beginnings’ homeless rehabilitation program in May and I’m still in the After Care program, seeking these opportunities to persevere, and to prove that it is never too late to pursue dreams and have hope.
I have an overwhelming passion to create and provide leadership and direction for our youth, in both the areas of the arts and life skills development. am inspired to use my story as a platform about how to make healthy choices and finding purpose in life.