Impact Stories

Finding Stability and Support: Hollie’s Story

Meet Hollie, a resilient 21-year-old who found her footing with the help of her dedicated team at First Place for Youth. Growing up in the foster care system, Hollie lacked the support system that most young people rely on to navigate early adult life. When her eligibility with another housing program ended once she turned 21, Hollie found First Place for Youth and moved into her own apartment in Contra Costa County.  

“Apartment hunting was stressful at first. But it was also easier because I had the support of my Youth Advocate, Jordan. And you know, I don’t really have anybody in my life who could show me the ropes so I felt very safe and relieved knowing I had their support,” said Hollie.  

With stable housing and the support of her First Place team, Hollie was able to focus on her personal growth and development. Through the program, Hollie learned how to create a resume and explore different career paths. She discovered a passion for crisis counseling and administrative work, and even enrolled in classes at Diablo Valley College to prepare herself for a career in those fields. Her Employment and Education Specialist also showed her how to raise her credit score and manage her finances, helping her to become more financially independent. 

But what really stood out to Hollie was the caring and dedicated staff at First Place for Youth. “You could have a program, but it’s not gonna be good unless you have the people working there who actually care about the youth and who actually want to help,” she said. “My team has supported me so much. They are willing to help me with every goal that I have, no matter how big or small it is.”  

With the support of First Place for Youth, Hollie is now focused on furthering her education and starting a career that will provide her with a stable home and a better future for herself and her family. She hopes to one day provide the same kind of guidance and care that she received from her First Place team. As a crisis counselor, she would help others navigate the types of challenges that she has overcome. For now, she is focused on furthering her education and beginning a career that will provide a stable home for herself and her family.  

“I honestly don’t know where I would be without the housing,” she said. “I’m stable right now, and that helps me grow as a person.” 

We are proud to stand behind Hollie as she works towards a brighter future for herself and her family. Her story is a testament to the power of community and support in helping young people succeed! 

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