Angelina, Sarai & Isaac
Current Participants, Boston
Angelina is clear about her goal: She intends to obtain a doctorate degree. Now a student at Endicott College in Boston and a Jeremiah Program participant, she is growing in confidence that this goal can soon be a reality.
When she came to Jeremiah in 2015, Angelina was newly divorced and, in her words, “struggling to stay afloat financially, emotionally and spiritually, not only for myself but for my children as well.” She also faced the loss of a job after the law firm where she had been working for 15 years dissolved.
At Jeremiah, Angelina has worked with coaches to formulate a budget and gain a clear view of her financial situation. “The one-on-one coach helped me lay out what are my expenses compared to my income,” she says. “Now I am able to be more financially responsible.”
Angelina says Jeremiah’s empowerment course helped her manage her emotions and to understand that she was not alone. “There are many women going through the similar situations or even worse,” she says. “This program also helped me reflect on my future goals and actually make them happen.” Workshops have also helped her learn to manage stressful situations, improve her college-level writing skills, and have healthy relationships with her 9-year-old daughter Sarai and 7-year-old son Isaac.
Her children are learning alongside her, Angelina reports. “They come with me to the workshops and are able to meet other moms with their children, and even help with some of the younger kids in the program.”
A psychology major, she is growing in insight about how to support families that are struggling. “As a single mom, I know we face daily challenges. I encourage any single mom to take time to reflect and value yourself. Once you are able to do that, you can encourage your children to do the same. It all begins with you!”