DR (Non-Resident Graduate) Blog Post:

I was a little apprehensive about going to Street’s Hope. It was an unfamiliar environment. I didn’t know if the women would be open to me or if the staff would understand me. I didn’t want to share myself with people I did not know. How will they react to me? Will they judge me? Will they receive me the right way?

When I started to attend, I found that Street’s Hope was a place of solitude that was welcoming. The staff was friendly and accepting and I learned how to open up. I felt like I had to be open, so that they would understand me and where I have been. You should never judge a book by its cover, because you don’t know what’s on the inside. I also learned not to try and hide who you are because who you are matters. I felt like I could relate to these women. I realized they would not see me in a negative light and that they would not judge me.

I have had a wonderful experience at Street’s Hope and I am so glad that I have been here. The women are so accepting and I am glad that I was a part of this process. I am really glad the Street’s Hope program exists. Everyone here has a voice and everyone here matters.