I am currently homeless, and while I work toward finding housing, I am also working toward attending culinary school to become a professional chef. It's what I've wanted to do since I was a teenager, and my hope is that starting my career will help me end my homelessness and set me on a good path.
I've lived in the Detroit area my whole life. I started cooking with my family when I was 15, and most of the jobs I've had have been cooking in some capacity. I have a young son who has my heart!
I was living in an apartment and working when a terrible car accident forced me to take a leave from work. Trying to be responsible, i paid my rent for the rest of the year to my landlord, who ran off with the money and caused me to become evicted. I worked a succession of odd jobs but it wasn’t enough to make ends meet, and I ended up staying with friends and eventually on the street. I entered SOS hoping to find the help and support he needed to find housing. As a current shelter client, I am working every day to better my situation and end my homelessness for good.
I'm so excited for the possibility of going to culinary school, because I know it will drastically change my life. It will help me hone my skills and start my career doing what I love. Eventually, I want to open a restaurant that has something for everyone, and show my son what following your dreams looks like.
Recently, I got to cook for my shelter family, and it was one of the most rewarding feelings to feed people I care about.
I'm raising money for rent so I can maintain my housing.
I'm raising money for car registration and insurance so I can get my car back on the road.
I'm raising money for application fees so I can secure housing.