Campus of Change

Ending Homelessness in the Fox Valley

“I’m Actually Doing This!”

Posted on Feb 25, 2016 by

Future paralegal gets her life on track

“I was kind of stuck,” Beth explains of her reasons for coming to COTS. Beth spent the last 12 years of her life caring for her parents while working. When her father became sick two years ago, her brother offered to let Beth and her parents move to Milwaukee to live with him and his family.

Eventually, Beth was asked to leave. She made her trek back to Appleton and found herself at Homeless Connections. After four months, Beth moved into COTS.

Focusing on the Future

Once at COTS, Beth was able to take a breath and focus on the future. She started school at Fox Valley Technical College this semester and plans to become a paralegal. She currently has a 97% average in class. “Once in a while, it will dawn on me…I’m actually doing this!”

Being at COTS empowers Beth to be optimistic about her future. She plans to continue working, finish her associates and then pursue her bachelors.

Reflecting on her experience, she states, “This could happen to anybody, and it could happen tomorrow with just enough misfortune.” Despite the bumps in the road she has experienced, Beth is hopeful. “You realize you can do a lot more than you ever gave yourself credit for!”