Four years ago, Noreen was a homeowner in Milton. She had survived countless challenges that would have sunk many families. A mother of four, she survived her husband's tragic passing in a car accident 22 years ago. Without his income, she managed to balance working 40 hours a week as a Reach Up Case Manager, going back to school, and raising four kids at the same time.
"I had to go back to school to get a degree and to find work that was going to pay the bills...I promised my children that as long as they were kids, we would have that house. We went without many times, but we had that roof over our heads and we were all healthy, that's what mattered."
As a Reach Up Case Manager, Noreen helped young mothers struggling to find work or go to school to become self-sufficient and take care of themselves. This work was informed by her own past struggles with abusive relationships and teen pregnancy.