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A New Dawn: Lauren’s Journey with Dawning Family Services

At just 19, Lauren faced a daunting reality: pregnant with her first child and feeling utterly alone. Her strained family ties left her teetering on the edge of homelessness, with the looming responsibility of motherhood intensifying, she felt the urgency to pull everything together, but she didn't know where to start.


Then, a lifeline emerged. Lauren discovered Dawning Family Services (DFS) online and bravely reached out for help. This pivotal moment marked the start of her path toward stability and renewed hope.

 

Yet, the journey was far from smooth. Lauren grappled with applying for essential benefits like food stamps and WIC, battled unemployment, and wrestled with mental health challenges.

 

Upon joining our Prevention Program, Lauren was paired with an Employment Specialist at DFS. From their first meeting, she felt truly heard and supported. "I trusted and valued her opinion," Lauren shared, speaking of the pivotal role DFS played in her life. With their guidance, Lauren explored job opportunities and contemplated enrolling in a trade school to secure a brighter future for herself and her unborn child.

 

With newfound determination, Lauren secured food stamps and WIC, initiated therapy and committed to an 8-week parenting class with Champions for Children of Tampa Bay.

 

A heartwarming turning point came in Lauren’s relationship with her father. A meeting, orchestrated by her DFS case manager, revealed a depth of love and support she hadn't anticipated. Overwhelmed, Lauren found herself in tears, realizing her father's unwavering commitment to stand by her, not just during her pregnancy but beyond.

 

Despite the challenges and setbacks, Lauren’s resilience and determination shone through. She even found additional support through Healthy Families First, further enhancing her resources during her pregnancy.

 

Lauren's journey with Dawning Family Services is a testament to the transformative power of support, guidance, and self-belief. From feeling alone and overwhelmed to embracing a hopeful future, Lauren's story is a poignant reminder that with the right support system, anything is possible.

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