Hi!  My name is Tyana and I’m writing to tell you my story of HOPE.  I would like to share with you a story about the transformation of my life and the life of my two children – thanks to the programs at HOPE.  I owe the world to HOPE and to those who support their work.

Struggle is a word that I’ve understood my whole life.  Growing up, my family struggled financially.  It wasn’t a surprise when the cycle continued into my adulthood.  I’ve always had a job, but found myself in a position that was familiar – I fell behind in my bills. I felt like a dog chasing her tail paying high interest rates on all my debt. I was in a vicious cycle.

Then everything changed; I saw an ad for HOPE’s Bounce Back Program. I was grateful for the food and financial assistance that helped me see the light at the end of the tunnel and carried me through my immediate struggles. Those resources saved my life. But what changed my future was meeting HOPE’s Social Worker Christal. She taught me things that no one in my family had ever considered like budgeting, tracking spending, and making good decisions based on solid priorities for my family. She helped me establish a plan for my future, including the dream of owning a home to raise my kids with pride and stability.

Thanks to Christal and HOPE, I’ve changed my life.  I have a savings account for the first time in my life.  I’ve paid off all my debts and my credit score has increased 200 points.  I just got approved for a mortgage for a home. Some people might not think it’s much, but it will be mine!  My children and I will have a home to call our own. I feel like I owe my financial freedom to Christal and all the staff at HOPE.  But I also know that I owe the world to the generous donors who make the programs at HOPE possible.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart!