UPDATE: GREAT FINISHES AND NEW BEGINNINGS AHEAD: In June of 2016, Alicia finished our program, finished college, has a new full-time job, and a new apartment! We are so proud of her and wish her continued success!
Alicia came to Buffalo City Mission’s Cornerstone Manor in May of 2013 after losing her home. She wasn’t making enough money to pay her rent so she was ultimately evicted. Alicia found refuge at Cornerstone Manor and her and her two children have flourished since being there. She has been attending college and studying social services to prepare for a career as a social worker; she wants to help give women and children a second chance in the same manner she has been given. Alicia will be graduating from her program at Erie Community College and she says, “When I graduate I will be the first person in my entire family to graduate from college.”
Alicia is deeply grateful to be living at Cornerstone Manor, where she receives help with housing and essentials and where her two young children are thriving. Alicia says what she appreciates most about her time at Cornerstone is “the encouragement to not give up.” She admits, “There were times when it would get to me and things would feel like they were falling apart…but there’s always been someone here to encourage me to keep pushing forward.” Alicia knows without the assistance from Cornerstone Manor and all its supporters, she would never have been able to go back to school and better her life. Alicia would like to say “thank you for taking the time out of [your] day and [your] life to help us and our family.”
Today, Alicia has graduated from Erie Community College, resides in her own safe and affordable permanent housing and has a full-time job.