Anyone can become homeless. Just ask Judith Anne. She had a successful job with substantial money in the bank. That is, until her devastating diagnosis of leukemia. Unfortunately, she had no insurance and the cost of treatment took away her entire savings. With no money or job, she was homeless until a compassionate woman rented her a room on a "pay me when you can" basis. After an unsuccessful job search, Judith Anne received security guard training. She patrolled dangerous construction sites in the middle of the night for $5.56 an hour -- a salary that would never be enough to afford a home in New York.
It was right around this time that the First Step Job Training Program stepped in. She graduated from the program and was hired full time by Columbia University, where she had her internship. Today, Judith Anne lives in the Bronx and looks toward the future with hope. Every day, she thanks First Step for turning her life around.more stories of homeless new yorkers