Flor Myers is a freshman at Mt. Hood Community College where she is pursuing a career in Computer Science planning to be a Computer Programmer. She moved to the US at 9 yrs. old and granted DACA status in 2012. She is a single mom of a 3-year-old autistic son, first generation college student, working 2 jobs at times to make ends meet. She has faced many hard challenges and continues her courageous journey for an education that will provide a good, healthy, and stable life for her and her son.
Maureen Chambers is pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Physical Therapy at MHCC and is on track to graduate in June 2022. She has survived many obstacles but continues with a strong desire to provide a stable, loving home for her daughter and is focused on her dream. In addition, she hopes to help educate other women on the realities of abuse to allow others to “live their dream”.
Patricia Elwood is at Mt. Hood Community College studying Fine Arts and plans to continue on to a university to get a Bachelor’s degree in psychology. Planning to become an art therapist, her goal is to help others heal by expressing themselves through art. The pandemic forced her to quit work and assist her children with virtual learning. Mental illness in her family and her own traumatic experiences in her marriage, led her to discover the healing power of expressing one’s self through art. She has overcome multiple personal hardships and is focused on making a better life for her children.
Caroline Polite is currently enrolled at PCC studying Health Information Systems and Addiction Studies, with a goal of working in a clinic or Recovery Center. As a recovering addict, she has managed homelessness, shelter life, childbirth with postpartum depression, and anxiety with stress of motherhood. Working full time, parenting, and attending school with a GPA of 3.5 demonstrates what perseverance and determination can accomplish.
Lorena Marquez is studying Human Services at Mt Hood Community College while a single mother of three. She has worked hard to end the cycle of abuse she faced as a child and a wife. She was enrolled at PCC when she heard about the Transitions Program at MHCC and felt fortunate to be accepted into the program. Here she found the support and guidance to direct her studies. Now she is confident she will be able to get the education needed to assist others needing help for mental illness and/or domestic violence.
Whitley Evans has found a new sense of hope for the future after a decade of difficulties. This single mother of three is the sole support of her family while attending Mt Hood Community College, taking prerequisites for Mt Hood’s Nursing program. She has shown herself to be a straight “A” student on her way to Live Her Dream to be a Registered Nurse.
Mariah Pedro is in her second year at Mt. Hood Community College studying Mental Health, Social Service and Addiction Counseling. After dropping out of high school, she experienced domestic violence, depression and drug addiction. Now 7 years clean she is on track to get her Associate’s Degree. She works full-time in a nursing home, is a full-time student, and interns 12 hours a week at Mt Hood Hospice. Her ultimate goal is to be a licensed therapist/social worker.