Alysha

I walked out of Upward Transitions feeling hopeful, blessed and, yes, loved. I’m beyond thankful to have met with them and to be assisted by Upward Transitions.

I am one of the nearly 3,500 people Upward Transitions has helped. This is my story.

Being a single mother of two young daughters can be tough, and it’s always good to have a plan B. However, no matter how good we plan and map out our lives, life happens. I had a good job with great benefits; everything was going well for my daughters and me. But, life happened. I was in a car accident, and my car was totaled. I was blessed to leave the accident without injuries, and my daughters were at daycare at the time.

My job required me to be able to travel, but since I not longer had a vehicle, they no longer needed my services. I was fired a week later.

Being without a job and no means of transportation, I was stressed, depressed and alone. I felt like a failure, like I failed my daughters. With the eviction notices posting on my door, cut off notices for my utilities and no one to turn to, I was hopeless and devastated.

What am I going to do? Will my children and I soon be homeless? Who can I turn to?

I tried calling several agencies, but after every call I was turned down. My DHS caseworker understood my situation, she couldn’t help. However, she did refer me to an agency called Upward Transitions. I called and left a voicemail, and, to my surprise, I received a call back the same day.

The lady I spoke with showed so much compassion and understanding about my situation. I met with her the next day. Upward Transitions went above and beyond to assist me. They cared about my daughters and our well being. They assisted me with my rent and utilities, and provided great sources for job placement and clothing vouchers for my children. I mean, I could not believe how these people, whom I didn’t know, were so willing, without hesitation, to assist me…an organization that extended their hands to help others, strangers, when life happens.

I walked out of Upward Transitions feeling hopeful, blessed and, yes, loved. I’m beyond thankful to have met with them and to be assisted by Upward Transitions. I was hopeless, stressed and depressed, and I felt like a failure. Thanks to the job placement sources, I’ve accepted a job offer that has better pay and better benefits.

Upward Transitions reminded me that, yes, life does happen, and we all fall down, but, in this life, we must dust ourselves off and try again. In my darkest hours, I felt I had no one, I was alone and no one cared. But I was wrong. This organization cared, they were there for me.

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