I enrolled in Houston Community College through the encouragement of my Star of Hope case worker and counselors. I tell people all the time that when I received my HCC acceptance letter, something inside of me changed. For the first time, I was able to stop looking back at the pain of the past and I could clearly see forward to the success of my future.
I began attending HCC in the Spring, January 2011 and completed two semesters while living at the Star of Hope. I took as many classes as the school would allow each semester. Through a partnership forged between Star of Hope and Buckner International, I was able to move into my own apartment. I completed a two year AAS degree in a year and a half with a 4.0 average.
I could have never made such great strides without the community of people in all the organizations affiliated with Star of Hope. It literally took a village! My mentor at HCC, Patricia Jackson, pushed to have this video made for me and it played at the pre-graduation ceremony in front of thousands of people.
I give thanks to every person, company, and organization that is partnered with Star of Hope. I am proud of ALL OF US !