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Latriste Graham
Outstanding Community Impact
Her story as told by her nominating agency – Goodwill Easter Seals
Latriste spent 29 years on a dangerous path in Chicago. Her life revolved around gangs, prostitution, drugs, and jail. In 2007, while in treatment, she made a decision to leave Chicago. She left Illinois with a bus ticket, a sponsor lined up in MN, and a few contacts for aftercare. She started her recovery, attending prostitution and drug support groups. She moved into transitional housing. After over a year of being sober, she returned to Chicago to visit family. While she was there, Latriste ended up helping another woman who was very vulnerable. Thus began Coming Out of Bondage, a program that serves women leaving prostitution. Latriste is the founder. Since then, she has helped several women relocate and leave a lifestyle that is so damaging. She continues to do this through street outreach, and the passion in her heart to help. Latriste makes 4 visits to Chicago each year to do outreach. She talks with women on the streets about her program, leaves her number, and posts flyers. She has created some eligibility criteria for her program. If they are serious and ready to leave, she provides the following: • a bus ticket to Minneapolis • pick up at the bus station • transport to county office to sign up for county assistance • rule 25 assessment • help finding a treatment program, if appropriate • finding shelter • referrals to other programs and services as needed • emotional support. In 2012, she was awarded a $1000 MicroGrant to help support her program. She eventually wants to provide housing. Latriste has connections to mentors who continue to help her plan, learn, and grow.
This is a letter of reference for Ms. Latriste. Whom I have known professionally and personally for a number of years, she has did volunteer work and professional contract work for me. Latriste has helped many women that I have referred to her and she has been excellent in  dealings with the women. I find her to be a visionary type thinker and she has the ability to motivate people. During the time that I have known Latriste as a professional she has been responsible and trustworthy handling all the women in a careing and timely manner. Whenever I ask for her assistance she always comes through, she is extremely dependable. I would and have trusted her with my own family members.
Latriste has the talent skills and heart for this very tough assignment she is always working to help others and needs to be supported in her efforts, I trust her with my reputation as she has the courage to do the right thing.

 

Sincerely
John Turnipseed
Director Center for Fathering Urban Ventures Leadership Foundation
 
I am impressed with Latriste and her organization, she is the real deal, she make sacrifices in her own life to help those less fortunate .Please Consider this as a sincere recommendation for a Woman of great passion and character. Any questions please call me at 612-455-4637
Please Note:
You have now come under the jurisdiction of the Coming out of bondage Program. This means that upon entry in the program/COOB, company transportation, Public transportation. You are from that point subject to search and all consequences will be on the client. No weapons, drugs or paraphernalia of any type are allowed, as well as un-prescribed Meds or any hazardous language or behavior. We are always concerned about the welfare of all our clients.