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Meet Huck House Youth Award Winner, Delores Caine.

Delores has survived many challenges in her life. She describes her childhood as “rocky,” explaining that she was raised by her grandmother due to family issues and her father’s violent death. Trauma, poverty, addiction, legal troubles, and family conflict have strongly impacted Delores’ family since she was very young. She shares that her primary goal is to create a better, more stable childhood for her children than she had herself.

Delores’ path to Huck House’s Transitional Living Program included living on the streets. Delores describes sleeping at bus stops and just hoping people would leave her alone when she was asleep. She was always aware of signs telling her life would get better. The kindness of others has always been a sign for her. Delores’ own kindness and thoughtfulness are some of her core qualities and are evident in her interactions with her family, peers in the program, and staff members. She even took the time to write notes to her support team thanking them for believing in her.