Sitting across from Desiree you can’t help but mirror her infectious smile. Like those friends who always give you a positive outlook, she exudes optimism. It’s an optimism that you encouraged, by supporting Desiree at different stages in her transition from foster care to a great career!
Desiree first relied upon Aunt Leah’s as a youth preparing to “age out” of government care. Shortly after turning 19, she landed a job as a line cook and moved out with a friend for a couple of years. But after a severe accidental injury that forced her out of work, Desiree was in a difficult bind and needed support. “The first people I thought of was Aunt Leah’s,” she said, “everybody there was helping me, everything was really supportive, they showed me the right resources and encouraged me that things are going to change.”
It was during this time that Vancouver Film Studios (The McLean Group) had approached Aunt Leah’s with a job opportunity they wanted to provide to a youth transitioning from foster care. Aunt Leah’s staff informed participants, and Desiree quickly got to work preparing her resume and practicing for her interview.
Shortly later, Desiree received a phone call informing her she was selected for the Administrative Assistant job. It’s a role that Desiree approached with great poise, and after only a year of employment, they promoted her to Office Coordinator.
Like you, Vancouver Film Studios sees the potential in Desiree and is helping her pay for schooling at Vancouver Community College to complete her Administrative Assistant and Supervision Certificate. “They are supporting me to learn more, which is the overall big picture, they want me to grow,” said Desiree.
Reflecting on the impact of your support during her journey, Desiree said “It’s life changing for me. I was a cook making minimum wage; I was in a rut. It’s hard to get out, especially when you don’t have the resources, you don’t know where to go, you don’t have the money. It’s all about who you know to help you succeed with your goals.”
Moving forward, Desiree has a simple goal forthe future, “I see myself as constantly growing,learning, and being a better person.” It’s a goal that all of us can get behind, and one that your support makes possible.
Today, Desiree is living independently and accomplishing her goals. Join our Brighter Future Monthly Donor Community, and for as little as $20 a month, you can provide continued support that helps foster youth in your community reach their goals.