Deja initially connected with HSP’s Family Support Center two years ago for GED classes while staying in the Women and Children’s shelter. During this time, Deja gave birth to her daughter and quickly obtained her own housing and moved out of the shelter. But Deja wasn’t content to leave her diploma unfinished.

In September of 2017, Deja (age 19) and her daughter (age 1 ½) returned to the Family Support Center together so Deja could pursue her diploma. Deja began GED classes while her daughter participated in our child development program. Deja earned her diploma in just 7 months and also completed parenting classes, an employability program, driver’s education classes, and obtained her Learner’s Permit.

She attended a parent leadership training hosted by the Maryland Family Network and was selected to attend the annual Maryland Family Network staff development conference and participated in additional leadership workshops.

HSP's Family Support Center provided Deja with hope that she could create a better life for her and daughter. She made the most of the opportunity to gain basic life skills and develop leadership skills while completing her goal of earning her GED.

Since earning her diploma, Deja registered for the CNA program at Carroll Community College and is looking forward to a brighter future. She will be the first in her family to attend college thanks to her hard work and the support of HSP's Carroll County Family Support Center.