Testimony from Our Clients
Donors Make a Critical Difference
Watch this short video to hear from our awardees.
And read these additional, moving stories.
"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"
Award: Overdue tuition, $200, 2 months Metro Cards, $232, Laptop, $529
“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
Amanda had had a difficult childhood. Her mother died when she was 13.
As she grew up she struggled with drug abuse and was on methadone treatment when she became pregnant. At that time she made a vow to turn her life around and entered rehab. From there she was referred to Nurse Family Partnership and found her nurse Abby, who she describes as priceless.
With Abby’s help she became a devoted mother, graduated from rehab and wanted to become an addition counselor. Since she had previously graduated from college, she needed only a CPR class and the Drug and Alcohol Counseling Certification exam.
For less than $500 we were able to pay for those items that enabled her to get her first job. And that job ultimately led to her current job as an NFP Outreach worker.