Lanita came to the Les Marquis House with her three small children. While living at the Shelter, she took classes to become certified as a CNA and LVN and worked as a Medical Assistant in Pleasanton at night. She would push her two younger children in a stroller while her oldest son would skate board as they walked to the BART station to go to work.
She would take the children to child care while she was working at night and pick them up after her shift. They would return to the Shelter in the morning and get ready for school that day. Once the children were at school she would take a short rest, do all her chores, run errands, then pick up her children after school only to do it all over again.
She never complained or missed a day of work. She wore through 3 strollers during the time she was at the Shelter. Lanita became a favorite among the staff with her “can do” attitude. When other clients thought their obstacles could not be conquered, they would be told the story of “a lady named Lanita.” She is now employed with Kaiser and working toward her Nursing License.