“I had no idea where to go or what to do,” tells Rachel, a teen mom who found herself without a home after her own mother was incarcerated. Now, thanks to United Way donors, Rachel is attending school, looking for a job, and even volunteering to give back to her community.
When her mother was incarcerated, Rachel and her two-year-old son moved in with relatives, but the situation was only temporary. The family just didn’t have the space for Rachel and a toddler to stay permanently.
The pair moved into a shelter for about a month while waiting to transition into a group home. But soon after moving in, Rachel found out the group home was closing, leaving her scrambling for yet another place for herself and her son to stay. A friend was able to offer them another temporary place to stay, but Rachel knew she needed to find a stable, permanent home for her son. “I knew it wasn’t good for my little boy to move from place to place. I wanted him to have a place to call home,” Rachel said.
Finally, Rachel found the Transitional Living Program at Sally Kate Winters Family Services–a United Way funded agency. Rachel will be able to stay in the program for up to eighteen months, where she will learn life skills that promote self-sufficiency. She will receive support to do well in school and to provide for herself and her child, now and for the rest of their lives, breaking the cycle of instability that Rachel experienced in her own childhood.
After months of upheaval and uncertainty, Rachel is on a path to stability and opportunity, thanks to United Way donors. United We Can help other teens like Rachel find a safe place and the skills they need to create a better future for themselves.
“I want to help other young moms like me who need a little help,” Rachel told us. “I can’t say thank you enough to Sally Kate Winters and to the people who make the program possible. Now my little boy has a home and we are doing great.”