Stories Of Transition


DeWanna's Story

In 2008, I found myself lost, dazed and confused. I had literally bottomed out, with no clue as to how I was going to pull myself out of yet another pit. I had suffered multiple traumas, including sexual and domestic violence; I was homeless; I was a convicted felon; I was an alcoholic and I was a poor excuse for a mother. Transition Projects accepted me at my worst and have been there to guide and assist me into becoming my best.

As a participant in their Mentor Program, I have accomplished more than I could ever imagine.

After accepting a position as a full-time Outreach Specialist with Transition Projects my confidence and self-esteem have skyrocketed. I have found my voice and I am able to honor my story by being my true authentic self. Today, after engaging and bettering myself through higher education I received my Bachelors of Social Work at Portland State University (PSU), and I am now working on a Masters of Social Work at PSU.

I accepted a full-time position at Transition Projects and today, after being promoted I am a Lead Outreach Specialist and I oversee the Mentor Program. All of these accomplishments swell me with pride; however, what gives me the most satisfaction is this: I have been a mom for over 19 years, but I’m a parent today.

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