East Side first touched my life as a child living in the community, when two of my siblings graduated from Menlo Park Academy. Eventually I became a single mom of two beautiful children, but when my son was diagnosed with autism I was overwhelmed. I needed help and support to push through the many barriers my family was facing, so I went to East Side.
Through the adult employment program I was able to complete a Serve Safe certification and secure a full time job. I was able to get extra food from East Side’s food shelf and put my kids into after school programming with transportation home included. My children have attended the Summer on Second youth program, Camp Bovey, and continue to get art therapy and attend after school programming through East Side.
I am now in my fifth year of a job I love. My children and I are thriving.