"Because my mother died of uterine cancer when I was young, I feared that I would not be around for my child. With my nurse's help, I had the courage first to overcome a heroin addiction and then to have preventive surgery to avoid uterine cancer. The Heart's Desire Fund enabled me to take my counseling certification exam."
Amanda had struggled with heroin addiction for 10 years along with depression and anxiety due to the loss of her mother in early childhood. When she found out she was pregnant, she checked herself into a treatment facility. With the help of her nurse, she and her baby began to thrive.
Prior to her pregnancy she had completed a bachelor's degree and had worked in substance abuse counseling. She wanted to get back into the field she loved but had no money for the necessary certification exam or the study guide. Your donations allowed us to pay for these items. She passed the exam, got a job and hoped to go on for a Masters Degree. P.S. Six months later Amanda was hired as an Outreach Worker for the NYC NFP program!
Awarded: Study Guide, $167, Certification Exam, $245, CPR Exam, $150
"I thought that I would have to take a semester off to look for a job or take out a student loan."
Steffany was a full-time student when she became pregnant with her son. She could not figure out how to manage school full time and still spend quality time with her baby. But she learned that if she were to try to go part-time, she would no longer receive full financial aid.
To add to her difficulties, the fact that she had no laptop meant that she had to spend extra time at away from her child to complete her assignments at the school computer library. Moreover, since she lived in Manhattan and went to a school in Queens her commute was very long, Sometimes had to take 4 trains each way! When her nurse told her about Heart's Desire she said, "I thought she was an angel."
With your help, Steffany received a small amount of tuition assistance, a laptop computer, and a few months of Metro Cards. "Thank you, donors, for this wonderful opportunity"
“People always doubt young teen moms, but what they fail to realize is that we are strong and can make it through and that is what I am going to do.”
Nothing could better reflect Zoie's determination than her statement above. As a result of sexual abuse as a child, she had to enter the foster care system. At 17 she became pregnant; but that did not stop her from finishing the semester after giving birth. She went to school both morning and night and earned 24 credits in a single year.
She then started college with full tuition support. But in order to give her child a better life while going to school, she completed a Certified Nursing Assistant certificate. When she applied to Heart's Desire, she wanted to get a phlebotomy degree during Christmas break to further increase her pay. She planned to go to school in the day and work at night. She also voluntarily re-entered foster care in order to provide more stability for her family.
Awarded: Tuition for a phlebotomy certification course $1600
"Being a working mother and starting my first semester of college is not easy. I have to bring my son to the library with me to type my papers, usually on my phone."
Melaine has worked at the Boys and Girls Club of Harlem for almost 3 years. She feels that she has met some amazing kids there and hopes to get a bachelor's degree in order to become an elementary school teacher. Nothing has stopped her from getting to her job: neither going to college nor living in several different homeless shelters, some of them very far away.
She asked for a few things that would make my educational journey a lot smoother. "I would be grateful to have any bit of help on this long but great journey that I plan to complete."
Awarded: $529 for laptop and $900 for tuition subsidy