Beating the Odds
Christina RamseyClient - CAP Tulsa
Christina Ramsey never had an opportunity to develop self-esteem in the foster care system.
At a young age, she was abused by a family member and placed in foster care. She waited until age 12 to be adopted, only to experience another abusive situation.
Her difficult journey took her from Atoka, Okla., to Sapulpa to Arkansas, where she graduated from high school.
A few years ago, she moved to Sand Springs, where she is raising two sons on her own, Christopher, 4, and Cayden, 2. Then she discovered an opportunity to improve their lives through the Community Action Project of Tulsa County (CAP Tulsa), a United Way agency.
“They provided me with counseling, child care and a chance to go back to school,” Christina said.
CAP Tulsa helped steer her toward the Career Advance EPP College Bound program through Tulsa Technology Center. Today Christina is preparing to take the pharmacy technician certification exam, and is pursuing an associate degree in radiology at Tulsa Community College.
“I never thought I’d be in college,” she says. “Now I have the chance to earn a good living, and serve as a role model for my sons.
“I am so proud of who I have become. It’s never too late to gain self-esteem and a better life.”