Losing her son in 2012 sent Tresa on a downhill spiral that she thought would end in her death. She fell into a deep pit of drug usage and destructive ways until she contacted someone at Faith Refuge. At fifty-one years of age, Tresa started Faith Refuge’s Career Academy on August 21, 2017. Her goal is to gain skills so she can enter college and become a social worker for children.
LaRae, the academy’s director, teaches the ladies career skills and life skills. Guest speakers also teach on topics such as goal setting, budgeting, work ethics, and how to keep a job. As a counselor by trade, LaRae helps Tresa, and others like her, find ways to cope with grief and loss. LaRae also guides the students in developing life coping skills so they might overcome struggles and disappointments.
When asking Tresa what she finds great about Faith Refuge’s Career Academy, she responded, “For the first time since my son died I have a chance to live again. I like to wake up at 5:30 in the morning. I want to know what the day is going to bring.”