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Jennifer was studying criminal justice at Penn State when she had to drop out because she could not pay her tuition. She packed her bags and moved to Atlanta live with an uncle. After 3 months, she realized it was not safe for her to live there and she had to move again. With no furniture or money for deposits she decided her best option was to move into an extended stay hotel. Although she had a retail job at the time, the hotel was more than she could afford and she quickly depleted her savings.  Alone and with no money left she turned to a friend for help. He told her about House of Dreams, a transitional home of SVdP for single women.

My life has been changed for the better. This place has given me a support system and a safety net. It feels so good to know I have a place to rest my head and feel safe and comfortable. They have given me hope that I don’t have to be homeless and that I can make it and have my own things.

— Jennifer

When asked about her dreams for her future she said “I hope I have a career in law enforcement and am financially independent. I’d like to pay it forward.”


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