It was stability. It was me being able to be an adult, me feeling like I could take care of my daughter, and actually become a smarter, sophisticated, independent, grown woman.”
Kiera, Real Alternatives client
Keira never had anyone to show her how to take control of her life, and she says nobody ever asked her what she wanted. What does she want as a young, single mother?
“I just want my own independence.”
When Kiera first came to Real Alternatives, she was about to turn 21. She was trying to find stable housing and a stable connection with someone who could help her build her new life with her young daughter, but she didn’t know where to start or what to do. Jenaha, Kiera’s Real Alternatives case manager, worked side by side with her to tackle one thing at a time.
“To have somebody that actually sees that you're trying and they’re like, okay, let me make a path for you…let me help you. It’s rare, it’s genuinely, honestly rare. And that's what Jenaha gave me.”
“Our young adults need compassion, empathy, someone that can walk them through the milestones that they weren't given. In the Real Alternatives program, our main focus is making sure that the youth feel cared for, their voices are heard.”
Every day since 1895, Side by Side has walked with young people as
they find their own positive path through programs like the
Irene M. Hunt School and Real Alternatives.
Thank you for being on that journey along with us.