Youth Stories: Michele

I can speak first-hand about the trials and tribulations of being homeless. I came to Covenant House Washington two years ago.  I became homeless due to domestic violence with my boyfriend. I needed to get away and find a safer place to live. Unfortunately, in escaping my pain, I found myself homeless. I was again afraid – not as much as before, but still afraid. Afraid of daily living…how was I going to get by? How was I going to eat? Where was I going to sleep?

I had all these dreams about being successful and now had nothing. I was terrified; I didn’t know how I was going to survive or who to turn to. Then I found Covenant House.

When I first arrived, I was scared and confused. But the dedicated staff comforted my fears and made me feel at home. The staff always keeps me motivated and determined…determined to put my life back on track. I now feel as if I have a new lease on life – and for that I am very thankful. My daughter and I now live in a Covenant House supported apartment where I can begin bettering our lives, once and for all. Last June, I received my Certified Nursing Assistance License and have begun classes at Montgomery College pursuing my studies in Medical Diagnostic Sonography. Currently, I work at the DC Department of Transportation.

Covenant House has always been more than just a homeless shelter for youth, it has been a place where young people can come and pick up the pieces of their lives and start to rebuild on a foundation of independence and self-respect. For that, I will always be grateful.