Yaneliz Rodriguez will turn 20 on Christmas Day! Her oldest boy, Christian, will turn 2 that day also! She says with a lovely smile that he was her gift. Yaneliz also has a one-year old, Giovanni.
Yaneliz overflows with gratitude for the opportunities she’s been presented with after coming to Community Care Alliance. She is working very hard to be able to provide a stable home, and is a role model for teen mothers everywhere.
Yaneliz speaks highly of our Teen and Family Development program where she is counseled on resources and guided through next steps. She has gone to the CCA Family Support Center for diapers and food assistance; and has brightened her boys’ holiday through the Adopt-A-Family program.
Over a year ago, having a place to live was her first priority. Yaneliz and her babies lived in our Shelter for six months and took part in the program to qualify for Rapid-Rehousing. Just this month she obtained her own apartment.
This summer she also took part in Youth Summer Jobs at the CCA Harbour Youth Center. She loved her job working with young children at the middle school.
We met at the YWCA where she attends the GED/PIP Program (Parenting in Progress) and her children attend day-care with transportation provided. She wants to receive her diploma since leaving high school in the eleventh grade with an eye toward becoming a police officer.
“I thank them so much—Renee, Patti, Elizabeth... If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t know what to do. They helped me with jobs, school, kids resources, family events, day-care, transportation, receiving donated gift cards and food baskets. They check up on me and ask me how I’m doing. They made me feel like I am somebody. They said, ‘Here are your opportunities.’ I just have to go do them. I’m not going to give up. Thanks to CCA, they showed me what I can do.”