Natasha's Story

Natasha and her baby boy came to Covenant House after they were kicked out of their apartment by the landlord, who wanted to rent to his family instead.

"...it doesn’t matter how dark your day looks… there’s always gonna be a tomorrow that’s gonna look better."

Natasha worked hard to provide for her son but was plagued by depression. One morning on her way to work, she felt there was no hope left… she wanted to end her life. “That was one of the darker places in my life, when I decided I didn’t want to live my life no more.”

Natasha told us that she sat on the subway platform for 45 minutes, unable to move. Finally she got up and went home – and she reached out to a social worker that day and started counseling. Today, Natasha is in a much happier place.

“I learned to appreciate myself, to love myself more, to love my child, to love my life and know that it doesn’t matter how dark your day looks… there’s always gonna be a tomorrow that’s gonna look better.”

Through workshops, counseling and daycare, our Mother/Child program allows young mothers to plan for their futures and work toward independence.

Natasha is now attending nursing school and plans on having her own apartment or house someday soon. She doesn’t know what the future holds, but we know her hope, confidence and enthusiasm will take her far.

The names and faces of some of our kids have been changed to protect their identities.