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Success Story: Yaritza

Yaritza and her five children became homeless in 2014 when she developed an allergy that left her unable to work in the culinary industry that had been her passion as well as her source of employment for many years.

Yaritza and her five children became homeless in 2014 when she developed an allergy that left her unable to work in the culinary industry that had been her passion as well as her source of employment for many years.

With nowhere else to turn for help, Yaritza and her family entered Crossroads Rhode Island’s Family Center.

“The shelter is big, and it’s not easy living with different personalities,” said Yaritza of her time in shelter. “But the experience at the Family Center was worth it.”

After only one month and one day at the shelter, Yaritza and her children were able to move into Employment Based Interim Housing, a transitional housing program where Employment Services are integrated into a Housing First model.

Yaritza found a job working as a Medical Assistant for a local clinic. She has completed both Medical Assistant and Certified Nursing Assistant training.

In December of 2014, she found a new job at a local clinic and is now a Health Center Assistant. In June 2015, Yaritza and her family moved out of transitional housing and into permanent housing.  

Her five children are doing very well in school, and are now living stress-free, Yaritza says. Her oldest child will be graduating from high school this year.

“I have to say, any advice that was given to me by [Crossroads staff] I took it to heart and I did what I had to do,” Yaritza said. "Whether it was paperwork that needed to be filled out by staff or myself, as well as advice given to me to move forward. I took every piece of information, embraced it, and started to work toward my goals. I'm blessed that they came across my path because without their guidance I would not have made it."

Crossroads Rhode Island would not be able to offer innovative programs that integrate employment and housing support without the generous financial investments of individual and corporate funders, including the Walmart Foundation, the Rhode Island Foundation, the Bank of America Foundation, the Citizens Bank Foundation, and the Amgen Foundation.



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