Success Stories


My Family is a Sarah’s Place Success Story!

I was in 28 foster homes by the time I was 18 years old. Both of my parents had addiction issues. Now I have a chance as a State Certified Nurse Aide. Your support has meant that our family will have what I did not have when I grew up: love, security, a future… Thank you,




At last, I can support my 15 month old son, and give him a future

My name is Zack. I am a Sarah’s Place “Success Story” I came from a very poor family. I quit school after eigth grade. I have a wife and two children to support. We had to live with my in-laws, because we had no other home. Then I came to Sarah’s Place and So far, I have…
• Almost finished the Win WorkKeys program.
• Finished truck driving school.
• Will take my GED test this summer.




I am not the same person I was four years ago

I was a single mother, 25 years old. I left high school in the 10th grade. I never had a paying job, I never had a mutual, loving relationship with any man. I had no confidence in myself, no hope, no future. I didn’t even have a home.
I came back to my parents place in Sandy Hook, ashamed, embarrassed, hopeless, and forced to go on welfare to support my daughter and try to pick up the pieces of my shattered life.

Now I am a Sarah’s Place “success story”

So far, I have…
• Gotten my GED
• Finished three semesters of college
• Learned to love myself again


Your donation to the Nurse Aide program changed my life.

“I came from a family with limited means, being raised by a single mother. Growing up, I often didn’t get to participate in extra curricular activities. It just wasn’t in the budget. My mother worked, but because of her lack of education, she didn’t qualify for a higher paying job.
Now that I am grown, and a single mother, I worried that the cycle of limited means and few opportunities for advancement would continue.
Then I applied for the Nurse Aide class at Sarah’s Place and received a scholarship from one of the Sarah’s Place donors. I was ecstatic! The idea of getting a career in a growing field sounded just the thing needed to break the cycle. I took the class, passed, have a job. I feel that if it wasn’t for the wonderful staff and the scholarship, my two wonderful daughters wouldn’t have all the opportunities available to them that they will now. Thank you.”

“I am taking a 3 hour class everyday at MSU, take the Nurse Aide class at Sarah’s Place, work at the Family Dollar Store four days a week and take care of my 13 month old at home, volunteer at my local animal shelter on weekends, and I still make all A’s. That seems like a lot for one person, but I am more than willing to take a challenge. I think Sarah’s Place has made a huge impact on me. It’s helped me make the first step towards pursuing my career. I plan on continuing school to become a Nurse Aide.”

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