“You could say I had a difficult home situation growing up. My mom was going through severe depression and we had a very rocky relationship. I was eleven-years-old when my friend’s parents had to call the police for the first time. I came home late, she opened the door and started shouting at me, she poured a bucket of cold water on me while I was standing outside to teach me a lesson. She didn’t let me in for hours. I’ve never felt so cold. I ended up being taken into care that night and from there my life was on a roller-coaster… I was in and out of foster and residential care and I was thirteen when I became homeless and put in a night-time-only hostel. Two years later I met my first boyfriend and that was the first time I felt like someone showed me love and affection… I was swept away by the experience and I fell pregnant. Most people knew nothing about my life or background while I was going to college doing my accountancy exams. Growing up, I always felt that the whole system was set up against me but looking back there was always someone who was willing to go out of their way to help me. Their kindness gave me the motivation to keep going, to overcome my adversity and it showed me I could live a normal life.”
Deborah believes that her journey happened for a reason and she wanted to make sure that young single parents and their children have a better chance in life so she decided to set up ‘Empower The Family’. Find out more here!