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Thank-you from a Graduate

Hello, my name is Sharelle and I am a domestic violence survivor. My life took a drastic turn when my ex-husband abandoned me here in Arizona. I was alone, afraid, and without a place to call home. With no place to go and no one to turn to, I sought refuge in a shelter. Living in the shelter was not easy. For a month, the shelter became a place where I began to piece my life back together and heal from the physical and emotional scars inflicted by a person I once loved. As the days turned into weeks, I did not allow myself to be defined by my past.  

I attended workshops, counseling sessions, and training opportunities offered to me. I knew that my future depended on the steps I took and with each passing day, I grew stronger, more determined, and more hopeful. Slowly but surely, my life began to transform. 

I had to seek employment as it was a requirement to live in the shelter. When I finally left the shelter, I grew stronger, more determined, and more hopeful. I carried with me not just a bag of belongings, but a newfound sense of purpose. I secured a job, and with my first paycheck, I rented a small apartment. It wasn't much, but it was mine – a space where I could start anew, free from fear and control.   

It was during this challenging time that I met Mrs. Powell a remarkable kind-hearted woman who would change my life forever. She is a business owner with Laptops 4 learning who dedicates her life to helping others succeed. Her business provides people with laptops, a critical tool in today's digital age.  

Upon hearing my story, Mrs. Powell didn't hesitate to offer me a laptop. This generous act was more than just a gift; it was a lifeline, a simple yet powerful tool that opened a world of possibilities. With it, I searched for better job opportunities, access educational resources, and connect with support networks in the area. It opened doors for me that had previously seemed closed.  

The laptop became my gateway to a new life. I was able to secure a job, which allowed me to afford an apartment and regain a sense of independence. But more than that, it restored my faith in humanity. Mrs. Powell’s kindness reminded me that even in the darkest times, there are people willing to extend a helping hand.  

My journey from the shelter to self-sufficiency is a testament to my resilience. But it also highlights the importance of community support. Without the shelter's safe haven and Mrs. Powell’s generosity, my path would have been much more difficult.  

Today, I stand before you, not as a victim, but as a survivor and a beacon of hope. I am eternally grateful to Laptops 4 Learning and Mrs. Powell and for her kindness at a time when I needed it the most. My story is a powerful reminder that even small acts of kindness can have a profound impact on someone's life. The laptop helped me complete and graduate from Paradise Valley community College. I took a small business startup class which opened the door of entrepreneurship. I plan to open a Holistic Selfcare business to help women prioritize selfcare.  

In conclusion, let us all strive to be like Mrs. Powell, extending our hands to those in need. Let us recognize the strength and courage of survivors like myself and let us remember that by coming together as a community, we can help rebuild lives and foster a brighter, more compassionate world.  

Thank you. 

Sharelle  



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