Sharmine is 32 years old. She has two children, ages 16 and 13.
At a very young age, she sacrificed everything to raise her children. She wasn’t able to study because she was caring for her children, but always dreamed of becoming a lawyer. Now that her children were a little older, she finally felt that this was her chance to enroll at community college and get her degree. She enrolled at Borough of Manhattan Community College.
Upon starting at BMCC, her family began falling behind on bills and she couldn’t manage supporting her kids and studying. She got behind on rent and eviction proceedings against her started. She thought her only option would be to drop out and go back to a low-wage job.
She heard about Single Stop at a workshop on campus and decided to stop by. The Single Stop coordinator at BMCC was able to keep her in her apartment by linking her to an emergency grant. She also received food and transportation assistance as well as financial counseling so she could make the most of her income.
Sharmine is graduating next May and will be one step closer to becoming a lawyer. She credits Single Stop for providing her with the support she needed to stay in school. See more of Sharmine on NY1′s “New Yorker of the Week”