LISA MARIE GULBENKIAN-FERTMAN

I experienced homelessness for a number of reason: relationship violence, finances, health and employment all at once.

I speak to raise awareness about homelessness and to support older students returning to college to launch a new career. Because of my experiences, I can relate to many things that the folks I’m working with are experiencing including divorce and the financial devastation that accompanies it.

What got me back on my feet was doing community service and volunteer work. Randy Perkins, the founder of the nonprofit Colorado Miner, gave me a hand up. I felt loved and connected because of his belief in me. Because people like Randy believed in me, today I’m responsible, passionate about my work, an independent and free woman, an excellent student, a devoted mom and I kinda like myself because I know there’s somebody out there who considers me their hero!

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