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Twenty-four-year-old Amanda C., a client in the Supportive Housing for Families® (SHF®) program, will always remember December 2013 as a month for celebration. During that period, Amanda completed all of the coursework needed to graduate from Western Connecticut State University with a bachelor’s degree in paralegal studies, and she successfully graduated from the SHF® program. She plans to march with her class in May and hopes one day to attend law school.

Three years ago Amanda’s prospects were very different. She had just given birth to a baby girl and was facing eviction. Because her family lives in another state, she had few local supports. But she reached out for help and expressed a willingness to work with any service provider in order to do what was best for herself and her daughter. She was referred to the SHF® program in December 2010 and began working with case manager Sandra Lopes.

“From the very beginning, she was always very pleasant and happy to see me,” Lopes says. “Amanda has always been very motivated to succeed for herself and her daughter. Throughout the past three years, she’s worked full time, was a full-time student, and maintained a meticulous home. Amanda is an extraordinary example of what Supportive Housing for Families® strives to accomplish.”

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