St. Ambrose Rental Services Client Story
Ms. J. may be 22 years old, but her life experiences quickly
gave her the tools necessary to survive life on the streets as a young mother
in Baltimore. When Ms. J. graduated from high school, her newborn son Luke was
there in the audience to support her. Following graduation, Ms. J. had been
kicked out of the only home she has ever known due to her mother’s struggles
Ms. J. only had one option: to move in with her boyfriend,
the father of her child. This would allow her to begin schooling and obtain her
Medical Assistance certification. Unfortunately, due to a volatile home
situation, Ms. J. had to withdraw from school and she and Luke had to flee to a
domestic violence shelter. As a single mother living on the streets with a baby
she wondered, “Why didn’t I just wait to have a child? But I didn’t.” Ms. J.
knew it was time to reach out to community resources for help.
Ms. J.’s Case Manager from Maryland Health Care Connection
referred her to St. Ambrose’s Rental Services Program and Leah Mason-Grant,
Senior Manager of Rental Services. “Leah is always so kind and helpful to Luke
and me. She treats us exactly like we are all a part of one family.”
Ms. J. was then connected with Darrell, St. Ambrose Case
Manager, whom she found to be extremely helpful on her journey. “Darrell helped
me find the job I have now. I was only babysitting when he helped me find an
on-call, floating IEP (Individualized Education Program) position in the
Baltimore city schools. This allows me to help children in the school system
that require extra assistance, guidance and are special needs.” After one year,
Ms. J. will be eligible for a full-time position at a permanent school location.
Ms. J. and Luke, almost 4 years old, now live in a St. Ambrose rental property. They have a two-bedroom townhouse to call their own and they love their new life. “The home was so big and beautiful! I never had anything like that before. It means everything to me that I have a nice home to raise my son in.”
What’s next for Ms. J.? Ms. J. would appreciate the
opportunity to go back to college. Her sister is a driving force for this
because as a Phlebotomist and Mortuary Science student, her sister has
expressed an interest in opening a family mortuary business with Ms. J., but
she has to get a degree first.
Ms. J.’s plan is to get a more permanent job, get accepted to college and start her son in school. “Thank you Darrell, Leah and St. Ambrose for everything you have done for us!”