Sheena and Melia

Sheena and Melia

Sheena desperately wanted to be reunited with her five-year old daughter, Melia, but she was homeless and living in a shelter, and knew she needed to turn her life around before she could be a parent again. While Melia stayed with her grandmother, Sheena tried to save enough money to rent an apartment of her own. But with only a GED, and little work experience, she could only find temporary low-wage jobs. Then she discovered First Step, the Coalition's free job training program for homeless and low-income women. After completing the classroom portion of the program, Sheena was placed in an internship in a major corporation's Human Resources department. Six months later, she was hired full-time. With her steady paycheck, Sheena was able to find a modest apartment in the Bronx, and this past summer Melia moved in with her. "It was one of the proudest moments of my life," Sheena recalls. "Signing that lease meant that I could give my daughter the life she deserved."

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