Our Second Stories
Stories of young people who connected with our programs, got the support they needed, and began writing their Second Stories. (Unless otherwise specified, names and identifying details have been changed to protect privacy.)
Listen to the Second Stories Podcast
The Second Stories podcast is dedicated to telling stories of people who had first stories full of hardship and hopelessness, yet were able to change the narrative and write their own second story. Their stories of resilience and hope, but also tributes to the people and experiences and organizations that made it possible for them to start again.
Kelly’s Second Story
After being kicked out by her mom and fleeing a friend's house because of domestic violence, Kelly and her daughter ended up in a homeless shelter. Homeless shelters can pose additional challenges during a crisis like COVID-19, so Kelly was referred to Second Story for Young Mothers. Now she is safe, supported, and on her way to self-sufficiency.
Asha’s Second Story
Asha was making strides in our program when her hours were cut as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. She’s doing her best to keep up with her bills, but the decrease in income has hit her hard. Second Story is increasing our rent support for her and bringing her food and other supplies weekly. We’re committed to helping her and the other youth in our programs get through this.
Cyrus’s Second Story
“Cyrus” has been receiving support from Second Story through our Rapid Re-Housing Initiative, which is a part of Second Story for Homeless Youth, and got laid off in February from his job at a movie theater. Much of his progress was interrupted by the pandemic. We're working to encourage and support Cyrus through the frustration, and are doing what we can to help him move toward self-sufficiency even in this new circumstances.
Miriam’s Second Story
When Miriam turned 18 she was eager to have some freedom, but things didn't turn out like she had intended - she dropped out of college and became pregnant. To Miriam’s shock, just weeks after she gave birth to her daughter, her parents kicked her out of their home. She spent some time at a homeless shelter before she was introduced to Second Story.
Melody’s Second Story
“I don’t think I could have made it out of the shelter without Second Story’s help,” “Melody” reflected. In fiscal year 2019, Second Story provided housing, counseling, and support to 32 young families like Melody and their 47 children.
Danica’s Second Story
Danica had a tense childhood, marked with abandonment and instability. One day, she decided to run away, only to be met with more hurt and betrayal. Danica's grandmother stepped in to take care of her, but before Danica moved in she knew Danica needed help to work through her experiences, so she took her to Second Story for Teens in Crisis.
Abel and Tiffany’s Stories (Video)
Abel and Tiffany share how Second Story in the Community and Second Story for Homeless Youth changed their lives.
Santiago’s Second Story
From an outsider’s perspective it looked like “Santiago” was simply a rebellious kid. At Second Story for Teens in Crisis, however, counselors worked on getting to know him and learning why he was acting out. He opened up and the counselors were there for him, helping him rewrite the narrative for his future.
Timothy’s Second Story
When Timothy began attending Second Story's Safe Youth Project he was struggling in school. The program coordinator worked to tutor him in the subjects he found especially challenging, and at the end of the school year he won an award for his hard work and progress!
Desiree’s Second Story
"Desiree" became a mom when she was very young. She wished she could provide more for her daughter, but she still had big dreams for the future of her family - she just wasn't sure how to get there until she found Second Story for Young Mothers.
Kerry’s Second Story
“Kerry’s” mom knew money was tight, but she wasn’t expecting to get evicted from her home. She took Kerry and their cats to live at a motel for a while. A few days became a week, and one week became several. The motel was small and Kerry felt her depression growing worse, so she left to start couch surfing and sleeping on the streets.
Marley’s Second Story
When Marley was kicked out of her home she was almost relieved -- it was her escape from years of abuse. She quickly faced new challenges on her own, though: poverty, anxiety, and homelessness. Now, Marley is a high school graduate. Learn how Second Story helped her get there.
Emmy’s Second Story
Emmy's dad wanted the very best for his children, but he struggled to make ends meet and his job kept him away from home a lot. Emmy and her younger brother missed him and spent a lot of time alone, until they found the Safe Youth Project.
Robert’s Second Story
When “Robert” graduated from Second Story for Homeless Youth he felt grateful for the counseling, guidance and help finding a stable place to live. But something stood out even more: he was grateful to know that Second Story staff believed in him, something he hadn’t felt before from the people in his life.
Sam’s Second Story
"Sam" never had a great living situation growing up, and things got even worse when he was kicked out at 18. For about a year, he crashed on friends' couches and found other temporary places to live. Eventually, he found Second Story. With our help, he was able to graduate on time and is now pursuing higher education.