Second Chances: Roberta’s Story

“There’s always hope for a second chance in life,” Roberta assures her fellow Pine Street job training graduates during her remarks at the recent graduation celebration. “There are people like the staff at Pine Street who really care and want to help you get back on your feet.”

After losing her job, her apartment and custody of her two children, Roberta felt that she had hit her lowest point in life.  She wound up at the Women’s Inn shelter, turning to Pine Street for support in rebuilding her life, but couldn’t envision herself moving past her mental health and medical troubles.

She decided to enroll in the iCater food training program. “At first I wasn’t sure about the training program,” Roberta admits. “But, I started to get to know the people – the chefs, staff, volunteers, and all the other trainees – and they became like a family to me.” Her favorite part? Walking into training every morning and receiving a warm welcome from the kitchen staff and other trainees.

She is on her way to reaching her goal of finding permanent housing and reuniting with her children. She recently started not one – but two – jobs.  She’s currently employed in retail and as a certified nurses’ assistant. Roberta says her next goal is to go back to school and get her nursing degree. She is committed to helping others, and most important, to supporting her family.

“I have learned so much about myself and am determined to provide the life that my children deserve,” she says. “I see them every month and I can’t wait to see them every day.”

Through hard work, focus, and dedication, Roberta is now entering her “second chance” life.