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The Struggle To Change

5/17/2005
 

Three years ago, Sherry Allen lost everything; which included her medical receptionist job, her home, truck, and custody of her son. She lost hope, and at first she didn't know where to turn. She graduated from Women's Empowerment, after 8 weeks attending this nonprofit organization on North C Street that helps teach homeless women job skills to help get them back on their feet. Of the 250 women who have completed the course there since its founding in 2001, Allen is the only graduate to remain homeless. But her mentor at the women's organization still feels there is hope, and discusses her future. Allen mixes well with people at Loaves And Fishes; other homeless people she has met while camping by the river as they watch out for one another. Allen sometimes spends the night with a long time friend. The mentor at the Women's empowerment organization has lots of experience and has helped many women get back on their feet and lead productive lives. She is helping Allen who has to clear up her legal problems and finish her 570 hours of community service she owed Sacramento County and resolve her unpaid traffic tickets before she can look for a job and find housing. Change takes time, but Allen may be on the road to recovery. She has lived in 13 foster homes in her youth and has never had any stability for long.

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