I always dreamed of working in the medical field as a nurse. When I was in high school, I made some bad decisions. Because of a felony on my record, college after college sent me rejection letters. For many years, I’ve let my dream lie dormant. I thought it was hopeless, lost.

When I came to Mary’s Home last year, my Family Advocate helped me through the court process of sealing my record. As I’ve been a part of this program, I’ve grown and changed in unbelievable ways, and the people around me have supported me and loved me unconditionally. Because of this, my dreams have changed, too.

A few months ago, I applied to Pikes Peak Community College. I was so relieved to be able to mark “no” to the question, “Do you have any felonies on your record?” Last week, I got my first college acceptance letter. I cried tears of joy as I read it out loud to my friends. After so many denials, I am finally a college student.

This summer I’ll start classes and work towards a degree in social work. My new dream is to help people in the same way that people at Mary’s Home have helped me. I want to be a part of changing lives and giving people hope. I want to help other women like me dream again.