Maria was in her mid-50s when she decided to pick up her life in Texas and move to North Dakota with hopes of starting a new life. With only what they could fit in their small storage trailer, Maria and her daughter traveled to Minot, North Dakota. Her first job in ND was working at a retail store. She then decided she wanted to continue schooling to become a CNA.
After a few months in her new state, Maria discovered her daughter, who she had trusted to look after her best interest, had been stealing her money. She had left Maria with nothing but bad debt and a broken heart. Maria slept in her truck in parking lots throughout the city for weeks until she came to the YWCA with only her vehicle, a bag of clothes, and thousands of dollars of debt that she had no means of escaping.
Within a week of staying in our emergency shelter, Maria turned her heartache and betrayal into a desire to prove that she could pick herself up despite what she had experienced. She found a new job, saved her money, and decided she wanted to work on goals to live at the YWCA permanently. Maria now lives in her very own home in one of our permanent supportive housing units.
She is preparing for her annual trip to the Mexican border, where she delivers shoes to the impoverished children of Mexico. Despite having very little, Maria proves that with a little determination anything is possible.
***Maria’s name has been changed to protect her privacy.