When I came to Tampa a few years ago, I was
in love. I moved here to be with my boyfriend,
to create a new life for our children and us.
A year later, I discovered that he’d
been seeing another woman the entire time I’d
been here. In his family, it was OK for him
to have someone else. I couldn't live like
I tried so hard to find a job, but kept hitting
dead ends. I ended up at Metropolitan Ministries
with my three children. They provided a place
for us to stay and helped with food and clothes
while I went to school. When I completed my
medical billing certification and got a job,
they helped me get an apartment. I had $500
to my name, which I used to buy a car. It
was a lemon. I kept missing work because of
it and my employer was ready to fire me. Six
months after I bought it, the transmission
was leaking and it would've been $3000 to fix
I was at a bottom like I’d never seen
before. I thought I’d done everything
the right way, but had never felt so alone.
When I lived in New Jersey, I had my family
around me. I worked two to three jobs to support
us. Now I was struggling just to keep unity
in my family – to show the court I could
take care of my kids so my ex-boyfriend didn't
get custody. I reached out to the people at
Metropolitan Ministries and they put me in
touch with Susan Jacobs and Wheels of Success.
When I called her, I was crying my eyes out.
I felt so confused – everything in my
life was different. I'd never needed help like
this before. They gave me a reliable car and
my whole life changed. I'm able to take care
of my kids. I've returned to school to further
my education. And two weeks ago, I was promoted.
When something little goes wrong, I call Susan
and she gives me the number to a mechanic who
can help. I've built my life from the ground
up and I couldn't have done it without Wheels