When I first read about H.A.W.T Muse’s purpose and their taking a “You are my sister…” approach, I didn’t realize what that truly meant. I contacted Tameka Mclean for help for a foster youth aging out of the system. Tameka was absolutely wonderful, caring and beyond helpful. I felt an instant connection to her because she understood the issues and concerns and was so willing to help. She listened to the foster youth’s story, decided on how to best approach the issues she was facing and then started a campaign of phone calls and emails. She went as far as contacting Governor Cuomo’s office! When the foster youth was faced with no housing for winter intercession from college, Tameka spent countless hours contacting places and finding a suitable placed for her to live, getting all necessary information that would be needed to apply for housing. Tameka was able to lessen the burden I faced in helping this foster youth. If you are a foster youth who is aging out of the system or someone helping a foster youth and need help, Tameka Mclean is the person you should contact.
I want to thank the organization “Helping All Women Transform” (H.A.W.T) for their kindness in reaching out to support me. Especially Miss Tameka who took her time calling and sending emails to assist me with my education needs. At first, I was hesitant to explain my problem to this organization but suddenly I found out that opening up and talking to generous and caring people like her was the solution to my problem. This organization (H.A.W.T) took their time and effort to assist me with my tuition fee. She also kept on track with other needs such as housing, food, and clothing. Because of her kindness and use of the organizations connections with “Together We Rise”. I got the help I needed. Overall, from the bottom of my heart thanks you again for paying my tuition fee. I understand that without people who are generous and caring like you that I wouldn’t be able to continue my education this semester. I’m happy to say you motivate me to be a focus on school and become a future sociologist.
Former Foster Youth