– After leaving emergency shelter, Amy and her daughter entered The Shelter’s Transitional Housing program.

While living in Transitional Housing, Amy completed the Women of Business course and learned a great deal about what it would take to manage a small catering business. She used the micro loan she received through the program to purchase a business license and secure her business name. She also purchased supplies, tables, and themed party decorations and plans to set up a booth at local farmers markets to promote her business and sell her goods.

Amy works in a school cafeteria, where she is getting additional training on inventory and other business aspects of food preparation. She plans to attend the culinary program at Lorenzo-Walker and looks forward to putting all of this knowledge into practice with her catering business.

Thanks to the Collex Wheels of Hope program, Amy qualified for donation of a car to replace her current vehicle, which broke down. She is also seeking information on the Habitat for Humanity housing program as an option when she leaves Transitional Housing. With the help of her Shelter advocate, Amy is taking action to prepare for this goal by looking for a higher paying job to meet the income requirement. In addition, she is working on repairing and rebuilding her credit.

Amy and her daughter continue to receive counseling and attend various Shelter programs as they journey to lives free of domestic violence.