Tawnya celebrating 3 years at Freedom

Meet Tawnya

The amazing Tawnya Dunaway is celebrating her 3-year Freedomversary this week, so we thought it would be a perfect time to reflect on her time at Freedom [Freedom a la Cart].

How did you find Freedom?
After I was released from prison, I was living in a homeless shelter and found a place at Freedom a la Cart. Freedom gave me a stepping stone to get back on my feet. Having the support of everyone, helped we realize I wasn’t alone. It’s a job, but it’s also a support system. Resources are available. It’s really helped me be able to gain traction where I wasn’t able to before. I always fell back off because I would be in different jobs where people were using or partying or going out and drinking and everything. I don’t have to worry about that here. It’s not even an option. It’s not an issue.

Today I have my own apartment, my own car. I pay my own bills. I don’t rely on anyone else for my needs. My self-esteem is so much better. I take pride in the things that I do. My life has taken a drastic 180-degree turn from where I was in 2013, to where I am today!

What has Freedom taught you?
Responsibility, accountability, sisterhood, pride

Describe Freedom in one word:

Describe the culture at Freedom:

What have you learned about yourself during your time at Freedom?
I’m a hard worker; detail oriented; and can do most anything that I put my mind to

Where do you see yourself in 3 years?
I’d like to go back to school; help other people that are fighting the fight (addiction); and still continue to stay self-sufficient

Favorite item on the Freedom a la Cart menu?
chicken salad

What’s on your playlist?
My playlist is very eclectic – anything from jazz, Christian, R&B, country

Favorite series to binge watch?
Orange is the New Black

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