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, a convicted felon, an alcoholic, and a poor excuse for a mother. Transition Projects accepted me at my worst and has 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.

My confidence and self-esteem skyrocketed. I found my voice and was able to honor my story by being my true, authentic self. I have received my Bachelors of Social Work, I am a Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor II, and I am determined to complete my Masters of Social Work.

My journey has led me to various promotions at Transition Projects. After managing the Mentor Program for 3 years, the very program that was a pillar to me in accomplishing my goals, I now have the honor of being the agency's very first Director of Equity and Inclusion. All of these accomplishments swell me with pride; however, what gives me the most satisfaction is this: I have been a mom for over 22 years, but today I’m a parent.

Mentor Program Graduates

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