Kay from Berkeley, CA

I am studying to be a paralegal, and I need to learn to drive to open up opportunities.

I was a paralegal back in Sri Lanka, and am studying to be one here. Learning to drive will help me get employed when I finish my training.


My employment options are limited without a drivers license. First, I need to go to driving school. Meeting this need will help me because having my drivers license will help me to get employed and finish getting my paralegal.

It would mean the world to me to become a paralegal again, like I was in Sri Lanka, and it would also help me be self-sufficient so I don't have to rely on others to get around.

I am working towards getting my paralegal and will not give up. I think having a drivers license will open up a lot more doors for me to become employed. It will help me to have a better and more comfortable life.

My current situation right now is that I am living off of general assistance and living in homeless shelter in a transitional housing program. I am in the middle of getting my paralegal.

I moved here in 2006 and left my whole family back in Sri Lanka. I also have a temporary job working at the Berkeley Cal stadium as a flagger at the football games. I want to get my drivers license to be able to get around on my own and become employed.

My goal is to become employed. I am looking to become a paralegal like I was in my native country. However, I need to know that I can have a drivers license to get around and have reliable transportation.

I'm from Sri Lanka, but moved to Berkeley California in 2006. I live in a homeless shelter in a transitional housing program. Something interesting about me is I used to be a paralegal in Sri Lanka. I'm happiest when I think about my family I left in Sri Lanka. I'm most proud of myself for following my dreams of becoming a paralegal in America.

I am very hard working and have very high hopes for myself. I do not give up on my dreams.

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Validated by Lauren from Berkeley Food and Housing Project (What does this mean?)

We met when she came to Berkeley Food and Housing a year ago. I usually see her when we have our bi-weekly one-on-one. I think meeting this need is important because it will open more opportunities for Ms. Kay and help her hopefully find employment in the paralegal field.

About Lauren

My job title is Intern Case Manager. My work involves working one on one with clients to support them in finding housing and employment. I also do client intakes and create and maintain new client files including Intakes, database records, program entries and program exits, as well as assist with… Read more