Shining Star

‘A.J.’ was 17-years old and desperately in need of housing. She had been ‘couch surfing’ and living on the streets for many months, since her mother was incarcerated and she had no natural support network to turn. Amazingly, she was still enrolled in school. The stress was taking its toll but thankfully, A.J. entered into a youth host housing program. Fast forward seven months later and A.J. graduated from high school and was accepted into five colleges, University of Texas, University of Puget Sound, Langston College, Eastern Washington, and UW Tacoma. A.J. is attending Eastern Washington, and plans to get her degree in theater and the arts.