Candice's Story

An African-American woman with dreads smiles. She is wearing a white long sleeve turtle neck and a plaid dress overtop.

Candice is a mom of three and a former case manager at St. Vincent de Paul (SVDP).

Candice first experienced homelessness after aging out of the foster care system. She was always confident in her personal capabilities to thrive, but a lack of stability during that time in her life made it difficult to achieve. A program called Year Up Baltimore at Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) connected Candice to community-based resources; Youth Empowered Society (YES) helped her receive shelter at SVDP’s Family Shelter and through SVDP, Candice eventually received transitional housing!

Once housed, Candice had the stability that she longed for and the resources to thrive. The life skills, educational tools, and supportive services that she received on her #JourneyHome were vital to staying housed. Today, Candice is a Housing Navigator at the Mayor's Office of Homeless Services (MOHS) where she helps community members resolve a potential or current housing crisis. Candice says, “Housing is the foundation in which you are able to thrive”.

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