April’s Story

April came to Benedictine Place with two children, ages 8 and 10. She had little education beyond high school and received no support from her children’s father.

April had always wanted to go back to school, but the constraints of paying the bills and taking care of her children didn’t permit it to happen. “I knew I needed help but I didn’t know where to turn. DPW (The Department of Public Welfare) doesn’t give you resources,” April said.

At Benedictine Place, donations of food and coats for her kids supplemented April’s tight budget. HEARTH’s personal growth classes helped April learn how to manage her household. “With that support, I was able to focus on school,” she said. April set her goals and was given incentives by staff to meet them.

Upon completing paralegal training at Duff’s Business Institute and a law firm internship, April secured a full-time job with an Uptown law firm. She has been accepted into Point Park University’s Saturday program to work on her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. With two children, a full-time job, classes, and studying, life will be challenging. But it is a challenge April looks forward to meeting. April’s children have adjusted well to their new stable life. They take computer classes at HEARTH and attend a weekly program with other children their age at a nearby church.