Faces of Success: Tanyetta Davis
Tanyetta Davis will always remember her difficult past, but she also looks forward to many happy memories in a new place of her own.
“It’s been a tough struggle,” said Davis. “I’ve been in and out of hotels and shelters, slept in the street and anywhere else where I could lay my head.”
Her previous addiction problems led to an eviction and homelessness. A referral from Project Return led her to the Family Empowerment Program. The Family Empowerment Program is operated in partnership by United Way of Metropolitan Nashville, Catholic Charities of Tennessee and Safe Haven Family Shelter in order to move families from homelessness into permanent, stable housing. This two-generational case management program helped Davis address some of the barriers that kept her from finding stable housing.
“I’m grateful for the Family Empowerment Program because it gave me and my family the second chance I desperately desired. It has been two years since my children have been home. It was time for me to bring them home.”
A housing specialist from the program identifies city landlords willing to work with tenants who have an unstable rental history or who have a housing voucher and are looking for housing options. Program families who are working full-time but are unable to pay first and last month’s rent, as well as a security deposit upfront are also eligible for rent assistance. Davis credits her positive attitude and her work ethic for her success in the program.
“Several people judged me on my past and believed I would never make it. I’ve been sober for three years and have worked for the same employer for the past two years. There are people and resources available through the Family Empowerment Program, but you have to do the work in order to achieve your goals.”
Case managers from the Family Empowerment Program also work with families for a period of up to 24 months to address additional needs and ensure their clients have the resources and tools needed to maintain their success. Davis is grateful she could rely on her case manager for support. She is ready to make the most of her new opportunity.
“Words cannot express how I feel right now. People don’t realize how much a second chance means to someone like me. The Family Empowerment Program gave me and my family another chance, and the greatest joy from this entire experience was watching my children walk through the door and realize they were finally home.”
That moment is one of the many happy memories Davis will always remember, thanks to the Family Empowerment Program.