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Porshia, 26 – Brightmoor

Children: 4 daughters age ranging 8 years old to infant.

A lot has changed for me since I met Linda R.  this past summer!

She really helped me through this pregnancy. Linda and her co-worker Linda J.  helped me get a lot accomplished, and got me to where I am today.

Linda helped me to get hooked up to resources that I needed. Like getting diapers each month, finding ways to get a stroller, baby clothes, and how to secure a phone. Also, “The Linda’s” helped me get on track to find a home for my family, help get my driver’s license, and work towards getting my GED.

But mostly, Linda helped keep me calm, motivated me, and was truly an emotional support.

When I met her, I didn’t even want to have my baby. I thought, well what are my fiancé and I going to do? We already have 3 girls. We don’t have a house.

I was angry and depressed about where I was living. It didn’t feel safe, especially for young girls. This wasn’t a place to raise my kids.

Linda was the only one around me that I could talk to about what I was going through. Linda showed me how to feel good about myself. She gave me confidence to do other things, and not just be good at taking care of my kids.

She and Linda J. helped me to set goals for the year. Like, I want to get my GED and drivers license, so that I can work on getting and going to a career. My main goal is to be self-sufficient.

I want to do this because I always want to be able to take care of my kids. I want to work and be able to pay for my own bills. Because that means that I won’t be homeless.

Without “The Linda’s” motivation, I would have never thought about my goals because I always concentrate on my kids and not me. I want to be an example to them. And, I want to teach them how to be self-sufficient too.

Now, that they’ve showed me how to navigate through these things I’ve referred these resources to my sister, best friend, and niece too.

Right now, it feels so good to have my own house, be financially stable, and have real support. These things are what you need to be able to live.

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