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Irma was “pushed out” of her home when she was a high school junior. Her mother had died; and when her father remarried, his new wife didn’t want Irma around.

A school social worker brought a homeless and despondent Irma to Covenant House for help. Over the course of her 18-month stay, she blossomed into a confident and determined young woman.

She was elected homecoming queen in her junior year, graduating third in her class (the first graduating class at her school since Katrina). While in high school, she worked at McDonald’s 30 hours a week. This summer she is working for the judiciary before beginning her studies at Charity School of Nursing, with several scholarships. Irma is a kind, loving, mature, and inspiring individual.