"My family envisioned a life for me where I'd stay home, marry and care for my parents, husband and future kids. I craved a career of my own and independence. Our Friends Place sounded just like what I needed to change my life. I learned how to save money when grocery shopping, how to express myself, how to job hunt, what to expect in an interview and what was workplace appropriate. Today I am the Office Manager at Top Golf Allen and continue setting goals and feeling confident I can achieve them."
"I went to Our Friends Place after a slew of foster homes. I was tired of trying to fit into other people’s families. It was like constantly changing yourself, but never being able to be yourself.One of the first things the staff at OFP said to me was: 'It’s your home and it’s what you make it'. OFP helped me by changing my mind frame of being the victim to having more power and making my life what I wanted it to be.Today, I work in biomedical research. I’m finishing my degree in Animal Science. I’m married and have a baby. Life hasn’t been a constant struggle; there were times where I had that moment of peace and happiness, but nothing like where I am now. Now I just look forward to everything!"
"Before I turned 18, I lived in four states, attended too many elementary schools to count, eight middle schools, and six high schools. I came to Our Friends Place homeless and almost a high school dropout.Today I am a University of North Texas graduate and am in my fifth year of employment at State Farm. I recently made a lifestyle change and lost 25 pounds.I am currently starting a small bartending business and enjoying life by vacationing, running marathons and being a proud aunt of 3 little ones.I would not have been able to graduate and accomplish all that I have without Our Friends Place!"
"Before finding Our Friends Place, I bounced between endless foster homes, shelters and group homes. I felt angry no one wanted me and that I had been attacked my whole life. Our Friends Place was there when I needed someone. They gave me encouragement. They gave me hope. Now I live in my own apartment and work as a manager at TitleMax. I am even up for another promotion!"