Story and Photo Courtesy of the United Way of Summit County
At 23 years old, Tia has been through a lot. Kicked out of her parents’ house shortly before her 18th birthday, she spent years in an abusive relationship, had three children and was homeless for much of 2015. Yet, despite the turmoil of her last few years, Tia is determined to make a better future for herself and her family.
“I’ve been trying to go to different programs, to see how to better my life,” she says. “To get out of the whole trapped feeling.”