Nadeja Beasley

Nadeja Beasley had 10 long years to think about some costly choices she made when she was young. Instead of wallowing in self pity, Nadeja made a concerted effort to better herself on the inside.

Nadeja Beasley

Upon returning home, she stopped in at Safer, eager to find a job.

Incarcerated at a young age, Nadeja navigated past many potential pitfalls in prison and worked tirelessly to make sure that when she eventually returned to society, she'd be as prepared as possible.

"When I was incarcerated, I received my GED, my Associate's of Arts degree, my Food Service Invitation license, and I was one credit away from my Applied Sciences degree," she said. "That was my whole focus, staying in school. You go through a lot of things while you're in there, but despite everything that goes on while you're inside, it's what you're making of yourself that matters."

Despite her work in the classroom while in prison, Nadeja confronted a difficult job market upon her release. Not knowing where to begin, she came to Safer looking for the help she needed to find gainful employment.

"If there was no Safer I would struggle a little bit harder than I'm struggling now," she said. "Safer has the resources and the leads for employment opportunities. With me trying to do it on my own, it's been so hectic. People are hesitant to give. Once they see that conviction, the door closes. With Safer, the door's always open."

As she navigates the difficult transition back into society, Nadeja relies on her family for encouragement. Her determination and work ethic have garnered her plenty of support.

"My family is proud of me because I won't give up," she said. "Some people get down, but it's life. It's easy when things are going well, but when things are going hard, it's the hardest thing. You have to try to keep that hope and not give up. Just keep on."

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