“I was ready to quit. I was having a really hard time. Carly (Caraway, Resource Room Director) has been a big help. She talked to me and told me that I remind her of herself a lot. We both had our babies at the same age. She reassured me that I wasn’t the only one going through the hard stuff and I could get through it. (As a graduate of the alley’s house program herself) She is living proof that this program works. Her taking the time to listen and really hear me made me feel encouraged and made all the difference for me.”
How it started
Shanterrica is a young mother of a beautiful 19 month old girl. After having her daughter she had dropped out of school, was without resources and was making very little progress for a successful future. When asked about why she started the alley’s house program she explained that both her grannie and her mother had children as teenagers and both decided to drop out of school. She knew that her mother struggled and scurried to provide for her as a young mom. She decided she wanted a better life for herself and her daughter and sought out alley’s house.
Ideas for the future
“alley’s house has helped me put together a plan for my life and to set goals,” she explained with a smile. She recently completed the Career Planning Assessment, Career Profile and Career Coaching with the Executive Director, Allison Whitehead. She was able to discover different career paths that are complimentary to her personality and skills through the Assessment and Profile process. While meeting with Allison, they were able to evaluate her results, her passions and her goals to formulate a plan and practical steps to take to progress her toward a career that is perfect for her.
Shanterrica is on track to complete and pass her GED Test next month and graduate the alley’s house program. She is considering attending El Centro Community College in the Fall with the intention of eventually becoming a Registered Nurse.