Our House Helps Local Youth Realize Their Full Potential

Photo: Keshawna and Kathleen

For a time, Keshawna McDonald was unsure how to improve her life. She was trying to work through some tough circumstances and needed some guidance.

Just before her 25th birthday, she signed up for job training at the Kerrville’s Christian Women’s Job Corps (CWJC). When she told the staff of her tenuous living situation, they encouraged her to visit BCFS Health and Human Services-Kerrville, a nonprofit that operates the Our House transitional living apartments.

BCFS-Kerrville’s Our House offers transitional housing for young adults in a drug- and alcohol-free environment. The complex is for youth transitioning into self-sufficiency and those battling homelessness. While in Our House, tenants receive counseling, case management, financial literacy training, and employment and educational services. Keshawna was accepted into Our House and moved in right away.

As a housewarming gift, members of the BCFS-Kerrville Auxiliary, a contingent of volunteers, stocked Keshawna’s kitchen and provided some other household goods. Three weeks after moving in to her new apartment, Keshawna celebrated another milestone; graduation from CWJC’s job readiness program. Empowered by her new workforce training, she will start job hunting for a fulfilling career.

“She was so thankful to the Auxiliary and to BCFS-Kerrville,” says BCFS-Kerrville interim director Kathleen Maxwell-Rambie of Keshawna’s big move. “We’re excited that we can help a young person return to a path of realizing their dreams.”

Keshawna says Our House helped her immensely, simply by providing “somewhere stable to lay my head.” She plans to go to college, and has her eye on a job in the banking industry.

“I want to find a better job, save money and get on my feet,” Keshawna says.

With a little stability, knowledge and drive to improve herself, Keshawna is ready for the next chapter in her life. With BCFS-Kerrville as her ally, Keshawna’s bright future awaits.

For more information about BCFS-Kerrville and Our House transitional living apartments, visit DiscoverBCFS.net/Kerrville.

BCFS is a global system of health and human service non-profit organizations with locations and programs throughout the United States as well as Eastern Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa. The organization is a national leader in medical sheltering and emergency management and response, providing critical emergency support services to federal, state and local governments. BCFS also provides residential services and emergency shelters for children who are abused or neglected; assisted living services and vocational training for adults with intellectual disabilities; mental health services for children and families, foster care and adoption services; medical services; early education; transitional living services for youth who are at-risk and those in the juvenile justice system; residential camping and retreats for children and families; and international humanitarian aid for children living in impoverished conditions in developing countries.