Participants Stories


January 28th, 2014|Participants Stories|

My name is Shaday and I have an 11-month old son, Deh’mier. I have been through a lot of hardships in my life. I became pregnant at 21 years old without a job or a


November 20th, 2013|Participants Stories|

My name is Jamie Taylor but most people at MELD know me as Jamie Simons. I lived at the MELD Shelter and Transitional Living from May 2010 until November 2010. Let me tell you a


June 13th, 2013|Participants Stories|

My name is Anna, I am 21 years old and I have a 10-month-old daughter, Hayley.  I have been at MELD’s Trinity House since September 2012. When I was 22 months old my mother committed


May 14th, 2013|Participants Stories|

My name is Desiree. I am currently pregnant with my first child due May 13, 2013. I became homeless around August of 2012. I recently found out I was pregnant and was jumping from house

Laquisha and Terrica

December 20th, 2012|Participants Stories|

Life doesn’t always turn out the way we plan…sometimes we need to make a new plan. Laquisha was fifteen years old when she found out she was pregnant. That was not the plan for this


August 21st, 2012|Participants Stories|

My name is Allison. I currently am 18 years old and I have a 19 month-old daughter named Madilynn. I came to the Rockford MELD shelter June 25th, 2012.  So far everything has gone really well. The shelter


May 7th, 2012|Participants Stories|

My name is Miracle Jenkins. My life has not been easy. When I was born, my grandmother adopted and raised me along with my seven siblings. During my senior year at Auburn High School, I learned I


April 2nd, 2012|Participants Stories|

My name is Lydell Purifoy, I am a proud father of two daughters Asia, age 3, and Anajia, age 1. Recently, I was faced with the challenge of raising my daughters as a single parent. In