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A collection of personal impact stories of Primavera participants, donors, volunteers, community partners, funders, Board of Directors, team members, and Primavera Works customers.

 


 

Eight years ago, I found myself alone, homeless, and living in the Santa Cruz River...

I gave birth to my daughter when I was 18 years old. I was married at 19 and divorced at 21. As a young single mother, I had to drop out of college and work full-time to support my daughter. Like so many single mothers, I put my dreams on hold to think of someone else...

When I was 13 years old, I was considered "homeless." I kept running away from my mother's battle with alcoholism, from one friend's house to another, and back again...

I’m from northern New Jersey. My parents moved here [to Arizona] in 1970. I came out for visits and decided to move out here when the time came in 1985. Moving here started a 14-year abusive relationship. I tried to get away; he followed me to Oakland and abused me there. I had a job in Oakland but it folded...

I came here to Tucson to work and get away from Denver. At the time I was drinking heavily. I would go in and out of the Primavera shelter and work program. Every time I was in the program I found a good job, but I didn’t stop drinking. I’d lose the job and then go back to Primavera, get another job and lose it...

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