Meet Noelia: Formerly Homeless, 16-Year-Old Mother of Two is Now a Working College Student

As children, many of us daydream about growing up, moving out on our own and starting to live independently. For Noelia, a current SOME resident, the transition to independence was sudden and frightening.

At age 16, she and her two young children, Jazzmyn and Julian, were put out on the streets. Her mother had decided that it was time for them to go.

Noelia had just graduated from high school. She and her family were able to temporarily double up in an apartment with a friend, but the situation was unstable and they soon had to leave.

Noelia was determined to find a safe place for her family. Fortunately, she called SOME. Noelia, Jazzmyn and Julian quickly moved in to one of SOME’s safe, affordable apartments for families.

Sleeping in her own place for the first time was stressful. Noelia was scared.

SOME’s Family Services staff supported Noelia and helped her to figure out her next steps that included completing a job training program that led to a job at the University of the District of Columbia.

Now, in addition to working, Noelia is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in human resources. She reminds herself of her future goals and uses those goals as inspiration to keep pushing.

Noelia is extremely proud of all that she has accomplished and is looking forward to the day when she no longer needs assistance from anyone.

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