Anne, a 21-year-old in Osceola County’s Independent Living Program and mother to a 1-year-old son, struggled to adjust to life in the foster care system after being removed from her mother’s care because of neglect and abuse. When she “aged out” of foster care at age 18, she made some bad choices before realizing that she needed to take charge of her life.
Because she enjoys helping and taking care of others, Anne enrolled in Valencia College’s nursing A.S. to B.S. articulated degree program. Although she was eager to volunteer in her field to get more experience and better job prospects upon graduation, she couldn’t commit to a position because of the bus system’s limited schedule and multiple transfers.
Anne’s independent living counselors commended her for her focus and motivation to earn her nursing degree and provide a better life for her son. To help her achieve her goals, Wings of Hope provided her a Vespa along with well wishes for a successful future.