April 11, 2011: The End And The Beginning
Today I face my biggest fear in order to teach women how to overcome theirs. I have given away everything that I own and I am about to learn how to survive the streets.
Finding A Place At The Homeless Shelter
After being kicked out of the area park and storefront, I find refuge in a nearby homeless shelter that is typically reserved for the habitually homeless.
Learning To Panhandle
The most popular way to earn money is by panhandling. I join the team selling the Homeless Voice Newspaper for donations to earn money for my project.
Reporting, Recording and Organizing From Inside The Shelter
Through the noise and the despair, the hustle and the flies, I manage to record my videos, do research and organize a job fair from inside the homeless shelter.
The Aftermath of Rape
Hoping for the chance to rest and experience quiet, I went home with a stranger and ended up filing a police report days later.
Te-Erika Goes To Jail
After going through the disgusting process of reporting a rape, I was informed that I was under arrest and spent two nights in county jail.
The Rebuild Your Life Job Fair For Women in Distress
Today was the culmination of 2 months of effort at getting businesses to join my job fair for homeless women and women in distress.
Learning The Tricks of the Trade
Surviving the homeless lifestyle takes a certain survival skill set. After many interviews and demonstrations, I am now hip to the hustle.
Denny's Hired ME!!!
After working diligently to help other women to get jobs I finally get a job of my own. Denny's Restaurant hires me as a server!
The Rebuild Your Life Project Rental Assistance Grant Winner
I meet my final goal of raising money to award a $650 rental assistance grant to a woman in need. Teresita Ortiz of Coral Gables, Florida won the 2011 grant.
I Finally Find A Place To Live
After 4 months of living in a homeless shelter and trying to claw my way back out of homelessness, I finally move into a new home.
Expanding The Rebuild Your Life Job Fair
I make an official proposal to Denny's Restaurants to partner with The Rebuild Your Life Project for a job fair to support the South Florida community and they said YES.