• Chanell

    After the loss of her daughter's father, Chanell struggled to find housing stability. With YWCA St. Paul's Rapid Re-Housing program and her own determination, Chanell found an apartment that she has made a home for her and her two daughters, and finally had the security and capacity to accomplish a longstanding goal: getting her GED. Watch Video
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  • Australia

    The YWCA St. Paul's transitional housing program gave Australia the support she needed, but what she did for the YWCA St. Paul goes beyond one family. Watch Video
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  • Irina

    Irina came to the YWCA from a domestic violence shelter. At the YWCA she and her children found not only a safe place to call home but also the support they needed to begin a new life. Watch Video
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  • Shalonda

    After spending more than a decade in an abusive relationship, Shalonda made the courageous decision to break away. In our Transitional Housing Program, she's made a new start for herself and her daughter. Watch Video
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  • Rozan

    As a participant in the Permanent Supportive Housing Program, Rozan has not only made a home for herself and her daughters, but continues to make incredible strides toward obtaining her GED. Watch Video
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  • Shanika

    As a participant in YWCA St. Paul's Transitional Housing Program, Shanika has made a new start for herself and her family. Watch Video
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Rozan

A Safe Place to Dream

“When I was in Lebanon, I didn’t have a dream,” Rozan says, reflecting on her childhood there. Only able to attend one year of school, getting an education seemed far out of reach—so when she later became a mother to two daughters, she made it priority to help them get access to the freedoms and opportunities she had not had.

At 21 years old and knowing no English, Rozan courageously fled Lebanon and came to the U.S. with her daughters. After four months living in the shelter, they were accepted into the YWCA Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) program, where they moved into a two-bedroom townhome owned and operated by the YW. With the comfort of a safe place to call home, Rozan could now focus on school, take better care of her kids and begin to dream.

Today, Rozan’s dream of attaining her GED continues to get closer each day as she completes Level 7 English—and her dream for her daughters, who are both enrolled in school, is also coming true. “I had very hard past in my life, but I will never forget it,” she says. “Always, when I look to my past, I dream of my future.”

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“When I was in Lebanon, I didn’t have a dream.”