Debi is a survivor of domestic violence and currently on parole after serving nearly two decades in prison. After being incarcerated for so long, Debi was unsure how to navigate resources and find what she needed to reintegrate herself into the community. “As a parolee, I’ve discovered a very changed world than the one I left behind.”
Debi discovered One Degree through a resource center in San Francisco that helps low-income individuals overcoming addiction. Through One Degree she has been able to find information on housing in her area, places to get food during the holidays, information on food banks, and more. She especially likes the way that One Degree follows up with members. “One Degree reaches out to inform me of topics that may be relevant to me.” At One Degree we always want to make the most relevant resources available to communities, which is why we create seasonal collections every year and keep our members informed through email updates.
Debi currently works as a server at a restaurant, and intends to continue her college education to make a career change in the near future. She believes that One Degree is a great place for people to start looking for the resources that they need in order to make a change. “I am grateful for the information I have found on your site. Your organization is incredibly vital to people who need access to reliable community connections in order to build lives they can be proud of. Thank you!”