Growing up with parents that struggled with drug and alcohol addiction, being taken away from them, getting placed in foster care, and my mother dying; I had no clue where my future was going. I had gone down the same path and struggled with my own drug addiction for 10 years. I ended up getting pregnant, and that saved my life. I am a single mom. Being a single mother, I thought there was no hope for me. I thought my life was over and that I could never go to college or provide a better future for me or my son. I decided to apply to College of the Desert and my life changed. I had no idea about all the help and resources that were available for people like me or that were in my situation. I am grateful for all the major help provided at the McCarthy Center where my son attends. I had no clue about raising a child, and what to do at certain ages, and the Child Center has been there for me, helping me, and guiding me towards the positive ways of raising him since his first birthday.
The CARE/CALWORKS program also encouraged me to stay in school and even come back after a few setbacks. They kept telling me to never give up. Without COD's help there is no telling where I'd be. I'm able to attend college now and work on providing a stable and better future for my family.