Growing up in Camden for a good portion of my life I saw things that no one should ever or would ever hope to see; I saw destitution, murder, and homelessness. I came from a single parent, single income household. I found myself, during my junior and senior year of high school, struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts. I didn’t know what to make of it all, and I couldn’t even explain it to my friends or family what was happening
I got through my first year of college after graduating high school and found myself deep in debt. On top of the debt I had acquired I couldn’t seem to find a job to help me dig my way out of this financial and emotional hole. Then, I found out from a friend about a job opportunity at Hopeworks.
Since being at Hopeworks I’ve learned skills I’d never thought I’d learn without paying hundreds of thousands of dollars and I’ve made friends and connections that I can only assume will last a lifetime.
Through Hopeworks’ loving and attentive staff and the various youth who have been touched by Hopeworks, I see that Camden wasn’t at all what I remember it being when I was a child. Now, I have a newfound appreciation for this city and the good that can grow in it Thanks to Hopeworks I am now an intern at Camden Coalition and pursuing a degree in forensic psychology. The journey isn’t over and it surely won’t be easy. What I didn’t know was that besides my biological family supporting and cheering for me to do great things there was also a family at Hopeworks waiting for me to come so they could do the same thing.