Stories of Hope

Selena’s Story: A Call to Persevere

(via Washington Post article by John Kelly) Selena Best learned long ago that if she wanted to be taken care of, she’d better do it herself. Selena is from the District. She was about 4 years old when she and her older sister were taken from their mother, who had... read more

Danielle’s Story

Hi, my name is Danielle. I am 19 years old and I live in the Sasha Bruce Transitional Living Program, also known as TLP. I hope you all don’t mind, but I’ll tell you all a little of how I came to be where I am right now. For a very long time I’ve had to deal with... read more

Ruby’s Story

When Ruby first contacted ILP she was 16 and recovering from a crack cocaine addiction, after a childhood spent in homeless shelters and on the streets. Now, at 30, she is married with two children, has a steady and rewarding government job and owns her own home. “The... read more


My name is Faith. I am a recent graduate of Sasha Bruce Youthwork’s Transitional Living Program. Before I knew about Sasha Bruce Youthwork, I thought that my life had no purpose or meaning. I didn’t really care about my future. I wasn’t in school, didn’t have a job... read more


I am Alicia. This is my story of change, adjustment, and a brighter future. Learning how to transition from adolescence to adulthood is a pivotal point for every person. When you add more troubles than necessary, like an unstable family, poverty or homelessness, many... read more

A Rite of Passage

Staff at our Kindred Connections Program recently became involved with a family with four children who needed a place to live. They were staying with a grandparent. However, they had received several ultimatums about needing to move out. The last straw was when their... read more


My name is Jaleesa. I am a 16-year old woman residing in the Sasha Bruce Youthwork Independent Living Program. This is my story. Prior to coming to Sasha Bruce, I was a stressed and uncontrollable adolescent. I lived from place to place. The dreams I once had... read more

A Client’s Congressional Testimony

On June 19, 2007, DeCario Whitfield of our YouthBuild Program testified before the US Congress Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. My name is DeCario Whitfield. I am 19 years old and I am a student enrolled in the... read more