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Leticia

Leticia

QUICK FACTS

Hometown:

Sylmar, CA

Dream Job:

Office/Business Environment

Favorite Pastime:

Coloring

Favorite Movie:

UP! or Charmed

Favorite Artist

Juan Gabriel

Favorite Spot in Nashville:

Rivergate Mall

Favorite Product to Make:

Celeste Necklace

Hometown:

Sylmar, CA

Dream Job:

Office/Business Environment

Favorite Pastime:

Coloring

Favorite Movie:

UP! or Charmed

Favorite Artist

Juan Gabriel

Favorite Spot in Nashville:

Rivergate Mall

Favorite Product to Make:

Celeste Necklace

PERSONALITY

“My strength, I guess, is I’m caring. I care. I like to help people. I think I should have been a nurse or a teacher. I’m loving. I’m a good mother. Responsible. Reliable... I had to be selfless, especially when raising a daughter by myself.”

STORY

“My father passed away when I was three years old in a car accident, so I really didn’t know him. I had four brothers and one sister. I tell myself, and I even tell God, ‘Thank you for my sister’ because she’s a blessing to me. She’s been there for me. We help each other.”

“When I was in high school I took careers with children and child development so I could learn the psyche of... children, what they go through, and I learned to break the cycle. I learned that if you keep staying in an abusive family, that cycle continues and continues. So I broke it with my daughter. I left... I didn’t want my daughter raised with that... I never looked back... [I broke it] by leaving California. I moved to Clarkesville with just my daughter. My sister was there but she was in the military, so she lived in the barracks. We got a one bedroom apartment. I didn’t have a man in my life for the whole time I raised [my daughter] because I didn’t want the same thing that happened to me to happen to her. I made sure she had a good childhood. I tried to make sure she was safe. I let her have her own mind. I just wanted her to have a happy life.”

“My mother’s got dementia. My mother would go out wandering the streets when my sister was at work or gone. At the time, I was working at Vanderbilt. I told my friends, ‘Well I have to go take care of my Mom for a week or two.’ For a whole month, I was only here for one week. So when I came back, I was behind on my rent, and I lost my job. Then the landlord raised the rent, and I wasn’t able to get caught up. I ended up leaving and staying in hotels whenever I worked. I would have to pay for the hotels daily, and that was just taking all my money. I ended up panhandling but didn’t like that. I ended up on the streets a couple of times but thought ‘this isn’t me.’ I like to work for my money.”

AT UNLOCKED

“I found Community Care Fellowship from a friend on the streets. Someone told me where it was at and that they could help. I was talking with [a career counselor] at the CCF, and they told me about UNLOCKED. After interviewing, I joined the Unlocked Pathways program a few weeks later.”

“[UNLOCKED is] a friendly environment. I like working with my hands. My grandmother showed us how to knit and embroider things. I learned how to be useful with my hands. We do little arts and crafts things. It’s satisfying. I feel like I’m accomplishing something, doing something. I get to make this pretty little jewelry.”

FUTURE PLANS

“My future plan right now is to save money to throw my daughter her dream wedding. She already got married in Alaska, but I wasn’t there and none of our family members were there. She liked the movie ‘UP!’ it’s about adventure and she likes adventure. That would be the theme of the wedding. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”

“[My dream job] is in the office environment. That’s where I first started working in California. I was in a clerical position. I started in a mailroom insurance place, and from there they moved me up to analyzing all the checks that came in. In California, I went to a community college where I learned a little bit about computers. [When I went back to school], I went to be a Medical Office Manager; billing and coding was part of it. I thought to myself ‘I like numbers. Why not?’ I got my Associate’s Degree in Business Management.”

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  • Emily Robbins on

    Hey Letitia,
    My name is Emily Robbins and I had the privilege of modeling the jewelry you will soon be rebranding with. I wanted to hop online , and read each creators story . I just wanted to send encouragement your way , and let you know you are loved . I’m so proud of how hard you have worked to get to where you are , and I’m so happy to know that unlocked was lucky enough to find such a special lady like you .
    Keep being a light .
    Love ,
    Em


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