Friday, September 9, 2016

Welcome Home, Hodges!

Here at Origin, our mission is to help individuals achieve financial and housing stability through advocacy, counseling, and education. One prime example of this is Jakara Hodges. A North Charleston native, Jakara completed several of our classes and says that her time in our program changed her life.

Before coming to Origin, Jakara was struggling as a single mom to provide for her two daughters, De'Aja and Tarianna, while also in nursing school. They lived in public housing to sustain themselves until she was able to get a better job. Upon completing her RN certification, Jakara was ready to move toward financial security and ultimately buy a home for her growing daughters. Unsure of where to begin, Jakara found Origin after being referred by a friend.

Jakara was paired with Revena Dawson, one of our credit counselors who has been with us for more than six years. Jakara and Revena met on a regular basis to navigate a personalized financial plan to achieve her goals. One of Jakara's proudest achievements was paying off her credit cards and improving her credit score.

After a little over a year in the program, Jakara was able to call herself a homeowner! All of her hard work paid off and she beat the odds against her. She and her girls are now happy in their new neighborhood with plenty of space and room to grow. Jakara now shares her journey and is an inspiration to others.
"Anything is possible as long as you put your mind to it and never let anyone tell you that you can't do something." - Jakara Hodges

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