Alvarene

Sarah Benjamin, Alvarene Godwin, Vaylisha Godwin, SW

When Alvarene Godwin discovered Parent-Child Home Program in 2001, she was living in a shelter with her three daughters. As an additional challenge, Alvarene had immigration issues that made finding work and supporting her family challenging, but she was determined to work hard and help her children learn. Without the help of her husband, who was incarcerated, and without a driver’s license, Alvarene felt lost on Long Island. With advocacy help from her local PCHP site, she was able to become a U.S. citizen and move her family to New York City. She then enrolled in school and received her certification as a Home Health Aide. She now works for an HHA agency and is thrilled to report that all of her children are doing well.