I used to only wear black before I came here, she says while touching up her turquoise nails on the edge or her bed at The Madison.
I was grieving my life
because I was so full of abuse.
Not only did she become a mom at just 13 years of age, she also survived physical abuse and emotional torture.
Still, Gina refused to let her circumstances get in the way of moving forward. She became a social worker.
“One morning, I just quit. I was so depressed. My past caught up with me, and I had never dealt with it,” she says.
After her home was foreclosed, Gina ended up homeless.
“I was suicidal. I walked over that bridge every day, looking down at the water,” she recalls.
Today, she is anything but depressed.
“I feel much healthier now. I’m taking the right steps. I’m happy”, she says.
And she’s set her sights on work again.
“I want to become a translator or interpreter of the Ojibwe language,” she says.
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