National Home Alumni McKenna is a prime example of how the National Home can help families build the tools and skills to give their children the foundation for a happy and successful future. McKenna came to live at the National Home with her mother and siblings in 2006 when she was six years old.
Even though her family was only at the Home for two years, McKenna’s life experiences and opportunities provided at the National Home have stayed with her into her adulthood.
“I remember playing at the park, going to the Community Center and playing in the gym, or going on trips to Cedar Point. But, one of my coolest memories is being able to go to the Santa Shop and picking out toys!” said McKenna.
McKenna recently graduated from Eastern Michigan University with her Bachelor’s in Social Work and will be attending the University of Michigan in the fall of 2021. In addition, she will be entering into the Advanced Standing Masters of Social Work program with a concentration in mental health.
Being a stellar student with good grades, McKenna was able to qualify for scholarships and tuition assistance, and with the loan repayment program through Michigan Health, where she works, she graduated from EMU debt-free!
“I am so beyond grateful for the gift that was given to me. I would not have been able to graduate without it.”
McKenna’s hard work and determination have played a significant role in her successes. McKenna currently lives in Westland with her boyfriend of seven years, their Golden Doodle, Peeve, and cat, Jonas. Her favorite shows are 911, Grey’s Anatomy, and Station 19. She enjoys summers out on the lake, swimming, and spending time with my friends and family.
“At 20 years old, I was completely on my own. I have my own medical, dental, vision, car insurance. I pay my own phone bill, rent, renters insurance, utilities, as well as tuition. I will never be able to thank enough or repay the National Home for their help and guidance.”