Deja & Rashad, Jr.
Current Residents, Austin
Deja’s father was always her biggest champion, so when he was killed in a tragic accident, her world came crashing down. “I struggled with my education after his death,” she says, “but shortly after he died I also received my greatest blessing: my son Rashad, Jr.”
As she began searching for childcare resources, she came across Jeremiah Program. “What caught my attention was the fact that the organization is built on supporting the child’s education, as well as the mother’s. I wanted to be a part of a community that cared about me and my child.”
Deja joined Jeremiah Program Austin, in March 2016, and found a support system she had been lacking. “With empowerment training, I learned that I am lovable, important and valuable. I learned how to be strong for my son. I want to be a role model for him and the truth I found in empowerment is helping me do that. Jeremiah is helping me mend parts of myself that felt broken and lost.”
Deja is active in the Jeremiah community, serving as President of the Resident Council for 2017-2018. Resident Council meets four times per year and is an opportunity for the residents of Austin’s campus to plan community events, discuss any community issues, and come together as residents.
Deja is also learning how to set financial and academic goals— and to continue building self-confidence in herself as a parent and a student. She is pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree at Texas State University studying criminal justice and was accepted in AmeriCorps for the 2018-2019 academic year. She intends to become a juvenile probation officer. “The independence and strength I gain from Jeremiah will allow me to achieve my biggest dream.