*Vera's story is one of resilience and strength. From facing the foster care system as a child, to being kicked out of her home during high school, she has had to overcome so much.
On her 18th birthday, Vera found hope at Sullivan House, Arlington's emergency shelter for children and families.
With the help of staff at Bridges to Independence:
She navigated federal assistance programs for health care, food stamps, and rent support.
She applied for jobs and colleges and found her path to self-sufficiency.
After just a month at the shelter, Vera signed a lease and moved into her own apartment.
Tears welled up as she realized this was the first time in years she'd sleep in a bed that was hers.
Today, Vera works full-time, attends college, receives case management services at Bridges to Independence, and goes to therapy to cope with her trauma.
Her journey to independence is an inspiration to us all.
We're proud of Vera as she navigates this journey to becoming an independent, self-sufficient adult.
*name changed to protect confidentiality