When Sarah* was 17 years old, her mom passed away. Lacking any family to take her in, Sarah entered the foster care system. When she came to FYI, she had only one adult in her life who she could trust. She was interested in taking classes but was not enrolled in school. She wasn’t sure if she wanted an Ally but agreed to think it over and maybe give it a try.
Allison* became Sarah’s Ally. After meeting and getting to know each other, Sarah reached out to Allison to see if she would accompany her to a meeting with Dora Lozano, foster youth liaison at College of the Canyons. Since Sarah doesn’t have a driver’s license, Allison agreed to pick up Sarah and go with her to the appointment. While completing paperwork at COC, Sarah was frustrated to learn that she needed her social security card, which she had left at home. Allison offered to drive her across town to get the social security card and then return to COC so they could get the application done that day. Sarah was surprised and appreciative that Allison would be willing to donate the extra time to ensure that her paperwork was complete!
In addition, during one of their conversations that day, Allison learned that Sarah had not been to an eye doctor in years and was having trouble seeing with her current glasses. Allison was able to research Sarah’s medical insurance and find out how to get her a referral to an eye doctor!
FYI is so proud of Sarah for having the courage to trust her Ally to provide the support she needs, and we are also thankful to Allison for going the extra mile for Sarah! This is truly the heart of FYI!