July is #PurposefulParentingMonth, and we believe Stacey sets a shining example.
Stacey, our Home Start Thrift Boutique Lead Associate, will be leaving her position at the end of the month and we want to celebrate just how far this young mom has come. Stacey is living proof that our Maternity Housing Program and the Thrift Boutique are changing lives.
Exiting the foster system after 10 years, Stacey had become homeless and pregnant when she found Home Start.
Her options were either get a job while pregnant, risking her pregnancy, or stay homeless until she had her son, which would ultimately put her son at risk of being placed in the foster system. Growing up in the foster system herself, this was never something she wanted her son to experience.
Through MHP, Stacey met with a child development specialist once or twice a month, which helped her son continue learning through his most important first few years of life. Stacey also met with a peer counselor once a week which has positively shaped her health.
Initially, Stacey was quiet and shy and only felt comfortable working in the back donation room folding clothes. With gentle staff encouragement and guidance, she became a front-of-store employee taking on more responsibilities, graduating from sales associate to lead sales associate with a key holder position.
Home Start and her Thrift Boutique Family were able to help Stacey become the cheerful, confident young woman you see behind our Thrift Boutique counter on most days. Not only has Stacey flourished at work, but most importantly she has created a safe and thriving home for her adorable four year old son.
The confidence and skills Stacey has gained have propelled her to find a new position in retail where we know she’ll excel even further. We’re sad to see her go, but also so proud and excited to celebrate her success. Best of everything Stacey!