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Shanell Reaches Her Goal with Your Support

HFI is proud to announce that one of our alum, Shanell, is heading off to college this month! A resident of Holy Family Institute’s Independent Living Program, 18-year-old Shanell came to us in 2011 when her family was not able to care for her.  A bright and hard-working student, she recently graduated from Propel Andrews Street High School in Homestead. Shanell has been accepted to Hampton University in Virginia and Shippensburg University in eastern Pennsylvania, both of which she had toured on a Historical Black College tour last April.

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Shanell has chosen Hampton and will attend classes there this summer to earn advance credits before the fall academic term begins. She plans to major in public relations with a minor in fashion design and aspires to attend an Ivy League graduate school or law school upon graduation.

Formerly a member of the Sto-Rox dance team, the Vikettes, Shanell is looking forward to joining the dance team in college, too.

Shanell is thankful for the staff who helped her at HFI. She shared her thoughts on the staff’s work by saying  “it’s not just a job, it’s their life.” As an 18-year-old, Shanell appreciated the independence the caring staff allowed her as she worked hard to achieve her goals. She is also grateful to HFI for helping her secure financial assistance to cover the cost of the summer program at Hampton.

It is because of donors like you that we can provide valuable supportive services such as the Independent Living Program to bright young people like Shanell, to help them help themselves make their dreams a reality.  Please join us as we wish a hearty “Good Luck” to Shanell as she begins this new and exciting chapter in her life.