College after Homelessness
Bridge of Hope Lancaster & Chester Counties (PA) awarded college scholarships and laptops to the daughters of two of their graduates. Charish is majoring in psychology at Immaculata University to pursue a career in social work. She shares that “our mentors were there when we needed them. I realized how these people made a difference in my life and that I wanted to do the same for others. I enjoy helping Bridge of Hope by babysitting once a month. I remember how I was in their shoes only a few years ago. I want to give back to what changed my life.”
Ana explains that, “Being part of Bridge of Hope with my mother helped me open up as a person. At first, I never told anyone about my past. I was afraid they would not accept me and that I would be alone. Bridge of Hope Lancaster & Chester Counties helped me understand that there were people who had been through similar experiences, and even those who had not could still be accepting and sympathetic. I came to understand how important education really is after not going to school as often when I was homeless. I graduated with honors from Downingtown West High School and attend West Chester University, majoring in history with a certification in education and a minor in Spanish.”
Update about Ana:
Ana received a two year scholarship from Bridge of Hope Lancaster & Chester Counties and a laptop from a grant from Bentley Systems, Inc in Sept 2010 when she started at West Chester University. She graduated Spring 2014 and is now on her way to a full and wonderful life. We are so proud of you Ana!!