I met Cheryl Anne on my last day in Philly. I wish I’d met her earlier. The more we talked, the more inspired I became.
Within a few years— at a young age, Cheryl Anne lost both her parents and became situationally homeless— needing to bounce around between different people’s couches. For years it was difficult to continue her education and keep a steady job.
Social services couldn’t help her. She ended up in a program for homeless youth, which referred her to another program, which in turn, finally, brought her to Sister Mary’s Project H.O.M.E. She was one of the first teenagers included in Project H.O.M.E.
Since joining Project H.O.M.E., Cheryl Anne has been able to jump back into school, land an amazing job, and connect with an incredibly influential mentor. When she graduates, she plans on continuing her education to become a lawyer.
Cheryl Anne has quickly became a model for how this program can turn a life around. So much so that she’s become friends with Jon Bon Jovi— a huge supporter. She was so excited to share this photo of Jon Bon Jovi giving her a kiss.
During our time together, I couldn’t help but tell Cheryl Anne how much she inspired me and how impressive she is. She continued to humbly share more of her story and how she plans to use her story to help others in her situation she found herself in. She says that though her life has been filled with pain and difficulty, it’s been so worth it for the opportunity to inspire others.