A few years ago, Sapphire and her daughter made a pact to complete high school together. “We were going to be a mother-daughter graduation team.” Unfortunately, in 2016, Sapphire’s daughter passed away from breast cancer. This left her in a difficult spot. She became homeless and would remain so until 2018.
In 2018 she moved into the Mather community campus homeless shelter. With a safe place to sleep, Sapphire felt the fire to continue her education. She took full advantage of the tech classes provided by Mather and attended an adult school in Rancho Cordova.
In July of 2019, Sapphire moved out of Mather and into permanent housing as a house leader for SSHH. Houseleader’s are integral parts of our housing programs. They are responsible for observing and reporting the day-to-day operations and interaction of our program participants. Of course, Sapphire excelled. “Sapphire is doing a great job,” her boss Justin gleams.
In 2019 Sapphire started attending school at Highlands Community Charter Tech School (HCC). She took business and computer classes. On January 31st, 2021, Sapphire graduated with a high school diploma as the oldest woman in her classes. And was she proud of it!
As you can imagine, Sapphire has big plans. Now that she’s graduated, she’s taking advantage of the HCC’s state job placement program. She hopes to find a job where she can give back, do data entry, and work with battered women.
“Take advantage of every helpful opportunity because you never know where it'll lead you. SSHH is a place to gather yourself. If you stay focused, you’ll come out the other side.” Says Sapphire. This couldn't be more accurate. Sapphire took full advantage of our program and we are proud to see her grow because of it.
Despite having cancer 3 times, in 2006, 2009, and 2012, losing her daughter to breast cancer in 2016, and losing many of her close relatives to cancer, Sapphire had the resilience to focus on bettering herself. She asked that everyone reading this make an effort to get checked for cancer.