“This city will eat you alive.”
Tyrena describes being homeless in Brooklyn as “unimaginable.” It was a situation she would never have thought she’d find herself in. Between sleeping on trains and going into shelters, Tyrena felt defeated and depressed and used alcohol and other substances to escape her reality.
Her decision to get help and go to rehab was one that changed her entire life. Tyrena’s rehabilitation program introduced her to Back on My Feet, which she initially embraced as an opportunity to lose weight and get a break for a few hours from her rehab program. But she soon realized the true benefit of the program was the community that comes along with it, “Back on My Feet is full of such genuine people who listen to you and treat you like a human being, not just someone who’s addicted. I felt welcomed and celebrated.”
Tyrena says she has always been resilient, but she needed help to embrace the spark that she didn’t realize was there to help it grow. Back on My Feet taught her that the resilience from one positive change can grow until you are ready and able to charge of your entire life.
“Although it takes time, the key is persistence. The key is to keep going. I think I’ve taken that resilience from walking to running and learned to implement that in other areas of life.”
After receiving paralegal training through Back on My Feet’s support, Tyrena has now been employed for two years, been promoted, passed the LSAT with flying colors, and is now waitlisted at six law school programs. She has a passion for civil legal aid and is hoping to use her new life and skills to help others.