Consequently, our shelter staff sprang into action to make sure she would NOT be on her own when she turned 18. Here is what they did before her birthday:
- Helped her talk to her aunt to see if she could stay with her temporarily
- Helped her take her GED test
- Assisted her in completing applications to community colleges
- Got her enrolled in Tyler Community College
- Got financial aid lined up for her through the college
- Helped her apply for the Promise House Blake Davis Memorial Scholarship for higher education
- Gave her school supplies, clothes, and hygiene products to take with her
- Got her signed up for mainstream services (Medicaid, SSI, etc.)
- Threw her a birthday party with a big cake
- Gave her a big hug and wished her luck when she left.
- Told her to call if and when she needed help.
She starts school in January. This is how we change lives at Promise House. One promising teen at a time.