My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Northwest Family Services, Portland, OR, USA
Veronica joined our mentoring program when she was in seventh grade and had recently been removed from her mother’s care due to sever neglect. Veronica was timid and shy and struggled to make friends at her new school after she was placed into her foster home. As the years past, Veronica grew into a remarkable young woman. Veronica’s foster family turned into a guardianship arrangement and she began to call the family members by traditional titles like ‘mom’ and ‘brother.’ Veronica’s foster parents gave birth to two sons which she has been the big sister to every moment of their lives. During her time in our program Veronica was able to access extra-curricular activities like competitive cheerleading. Veronica graduated from Milwaukie High School June 2018, where she is the first in her biological family to do so. Veronica started her first job at doing childcare during parenting classes at NWFS. Veronica developed an incredible work ethic and found a new sense of independence. Working as a childcare provider gave her an important opportunity to develop hard and soft job skills that will serve her for the rest of her life. Veronica decided to find another job and applied at Old Navy in April of 2018. Veronica’s transition into early adulthood and her resiliency are truly noteworthy as she completed her senior year while holding down two jobs and planning for her future. Veronica is currently enrolled at Clackamas Community College and will start studying criminal justice in the fall. Veronica’s future goals include becoming a police officer and being a foster mother. Veronica is an amazing example for other kids, a support to younger students, a future mentor for our program, and a true inspiration to all that are lucky enough to know her.