When I was 16, I ran away from home

“When I was 16, I ran away from home and met a guy who forced me into prostitution. One day this lady pulls up, hands me her business card, and says, ‘If you ever need help, call me.’ I ended up calling her some weeks later at 2:30 am because I was tired of being abused and being forced to sell my body.”

When I called, the CEO (Unique) got out of bed at 2:30 am, came to Oakland, picked me up, and took me to her home. She fed me, provided me with some clothing, and contacted my mother to let her know I was safe. The whole time she kept telling me, ‘You need to get back in school … You need your education.’ Unique helped me work out things with my mother, enroll in schools, and monitored my grades. Every week I was mentored, provided with tutoring, and received counseling for me and my mother.”

“Thanks Love n Me for helping me graduate from high school. I’m currently at Laney College Cosmetology School doing hair, which I love. Thanks to Love n Me for saving my life!”

– Ericka M., Oakland, CA