Breanna was a hardworking student with excellent grades and a bright future. Originally from the Caribbean island of Tobago, Breanna’s mother escaped an abusive family situation and built a good life for herself and her daughter in South Los Angeles. Then, Breanna’s mother fell ill with health problems that involved multiple surgeries, two years of blindness, and the amputation of both legs.
At age 13, Breanna became her mother’s primary caregiver. For the next nine years, Breanna attended school, worked a job, cared for her mother full-time, and struggled to make ends meet. While juggling these responsibilities, Breanna learned she was pregnant, and the father was nowhere to be found.
Breanna came to PCSLA, where she was immediately connected with housing and employment assistance to avoid homelessness and find a better job. She joined a support group, took parenting classes, obtained food through our partner agencies, and received donations of baby essentials.
Today, Breanna’s son is thriving at home and in school. Her mother lives secure in her family’s love, and their home is filled with laughter, music, and the aromas of Tobagonian cooking. Breanna is a certified nursing assistant and a full-time nursing student specializing in pediatrics and cardiology.