"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!"
"Growing up, I witnessed drugs, violence, prostitution and even death on a daily basis. I would go through dumpsters searching for food, clothes or anything I needed. I felt like I wasn't work anything and I had to accept my place in life. But Our Friends Place showed my I deserved love. They taught me to live a healthy life and helped me find myself. Now I am a high school graduate and am a successful, happy young woman. I've worked at UT Southwestern for over five years and am now an assistant manager."
"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."
"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 or North Texas graduate, am employed full time at State Farm Company and am happily married. I would not have been able to graduate and accomplish all that I have without Our Friends Place."