After experiencing homelessness shortly after aging out of foster care, “S” sought out YWCA Greater Cleveland, where she was welcomed into her new home at Independence Place. With secure housing and the guidance of YWCA staff, S has been able to focus on her future. S has earned an Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies and is currently employed with a local government agency. With support from Independence Place and Nurturing Independence and Aspirations (NIA), S continues to actively build her professional network and financial stability as she pursues a bachelor’s degree.
S’s story demonstrates that the permanent supportive housing of Independence Place, combined with the enduring and supportive relationships, case management, and connection to resources provided by NIA staff and programming, allows young people to build a foundation for self-sufficiency and life-long housing stability.
This year, we celebrate 10 years of Independence Place. Your support allows young people to achieve their goals and thrive in our communities. Consider making a gift to Independence Place and NIA today and support young people like S in reaching true success and self-sufficiency.