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Success Story: Takeysha

Takeysha struggled in high school and never thought she could go further. When she became the sole provider for her two children and became homeless, she knew she needed better skills and a new start. After six months living on church basement floors, Takeysha and her children were accepted into YWCA St. Paul’s Transitional Housing Program (THP) and YW Works (YWW) program.

With help from YW, Takeysha enrolled in school, where she studied to become a massage therapist—and after receiving her certification, she landed a job in a chiropractic office working with accident victims. Looking ahead, Takeysha plans to return to school to pursue a degree in physical therapy. “Whatever you need, [the YWCA] is there to guide you to where you want to be,” she says. “If you want to make a change, it’s there.”

“Whatever you need, [the YWCA] is there to guide you to where you want to be…If you want to make a change, it’s there.”

—Takeysha

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