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From overlooked to empowered: Juanita Batchelor’s efforts to stem gun violence, in honor of her son
The loss of a loved one to gun violence—whether to homicide or incarceration—forever changes the lives of those left behind. There is anger and pain, and the feeling of coming undone.
Our place, our home: spotlight on first-time homebuyers Carlos and Sasha Nunez
For first-time homebuyers Carlos and Sasha Nunez, home is where their family has found space to play, space to grow, space to dream, and space to be.
Barbara & Dan - From Impasse to Solution
Barbara and Dan moved to their home in Amherst in 2007 with an eye toward the future, as they hope to reside in it for as long as they can. But in recent years, Dan, who has a heart condition, ran into challenges.
For Jessica Ramirez, who recently reflected on her journey with the Way Finders Family Self-Sufficiency Program, the past few years have brought some momentous changes. Punctuated by “little miracles,” “positive vibes,” “happy tears,” and “open doors.” Which, collectively, have helped her overcome struggles and fears of failing.
Taking bold steps—going out of her comfort zone for the benefit of her family—has been a recurring theme for Family Self-sufficiency Program participant Kyana Cunningham.
A lot can change over the course of five years. Especially when you've thoughtfully mapped out your educational and career goals and the steps needed to reach them. And connected with a mentor who is invested in your well-being.
A safe place to call home? It’s one where you can step outside and connect with neighbors. Where you can relish the relief that comes from quiet, violence-free nights. Where you can regroup each day and catch your breath. Where you can safely live in the moment and purposefully plan for the future. Where you can watch—with more joy than stress—as your children grow.
Cynthia Vega Buys a Home
Cynthia Vega, her husband, and her four kids lived in a Way Finders’ shelter program for 3 years. Her kids were shared bedrooms, two to a room.
Residential Health Advocate - Karon Tyler
Karon Tyler, 72, says she’s shy but her activism speaks to the contrary.