Rakeem
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Success Story: Rakeem

At 15, Rakeem was in crisis. Battling the effects of early childhood trauma, years in foster care and a dissolved adoption, he faced a return

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Shalonda and her daughter
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Success Story: Shalonda

For 14 years, Shalonda endured domestic violence. Although she was afraid for her life, she didn’t think she was strong enough to leave. It was

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Ihesha
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Success Story: Ihesha

Earning close to minimum wage and struggling to make ends meet, Ihesha never thought she could do more. Driven to provide a better life for

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Linda
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Success Story: Linda

Living with high blood pressure for many years, Linda finally decided it was time to make a change. Determined to work toward her goal of

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Albert
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Success Story: Albert

“Nothing’s easy. There’s always [hardships]—but if you stay diligent, it pays off,” explains Albert, who came to YWCA St. Paul after getting laid off in

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Tameisha and her children
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Success Story: Tameisha

Tameisha and her sons became homeless after fleeing an abusive relationship. While staying in a domestic violence shelter, the family learned they had been accepted

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Tavanja
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Success Story: Tavanja

Fearful for their safety, Tavanja bravely fled an abusive relationship to start a new life for herself and her three children. Although relieved to be

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Khalique
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Success Story: Khalique

Equipped with the talent to go far, Khalique needed extra support to help realize his potential. At the YWCA, he found a team of people

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Carol
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Success Story: Carol

Ready to overcome a life-long fear of water, Carol became a member of YWCA St. Paul’s Health & Fitness Center (HFC) and bravely enrolled in

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Precious
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Success Story: Precious

At 24, Precious courageously ended an unhealthy relationship with her boyfriend knowing a brighter future lay ahead. “I felt so free once I left him.

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