When P4H Staff connected with Allegra, she had gone through her third move in a short time. There was room in the shelter for her family, and 6 weeks into their 90-day stay, they qualified for one of P4H’s below-market rental apartments. Finally, Allegra had the stability she and her family needed to forge ahead. She was able to get her younger children in school where they could forge and maintain connections, friendships and have continuity in their education.
The P4H apartments provided the landing place Allegra’s family had been seeking. Her children’s father passed away in 2017, while Allegra continued to provide for and comfort the children during the grief, emotional and health issues that ensued. Thanks to P4H, they had the stability to mourn, heal and move forward during this difficult time. The affordable rent allowed Allegra to pursue her own personal, professional, and entrepreneurial goals. Networking with mentors in the community, Allegra avidly formulated her business and marketing plan, including a logo and website. Through Allegra’s business, Ahkin LLC, she presents diversity, equity and inclusion workshops to individuals, organizations, and businesses throughout southern Minnesota.
With success in her new business venture, and with her family mostly grown, Allegra has decided to move from P4H’s complex into another apartment building in Mankato.
“I really loved Partners’ apartment. It was my home and I miss it in some ways,” Allegra explained. “I loved the wooded ravine, the wildlife, and the overall privacy. At this point in my journey, though, I am ready for something a little more private and geared around professionals. I was ready to move on.”
We wish Allegra the best with her exciting new life and thank her for sharing her journey with us.