Rosharra has lived in St. Petersburg her whole life. She’s loved every moment of living here, but it hasn’t always been easy. 

She had her first son at age 17, and as a young single mother, she was plagued by the constant worry about having food on the table and a roof over her son’s head. For a time, Rosharra and her son lived in a local shelter. 

When Rosharra had her second son at 21, she decided she needed to take action to make a better life for her family. She enrolled in school and became a certified nursing assistant. 

Rosharra now works in local nursing homes, caring for patients as they age, and the steady job helps her to care for her four kids who range in age from 2 to 18. Her 12-year-old son has autism, which can make it hard to communicate and know his needs. 

Although she has a full-time job and some side jobs, she still struggles to provide for her family. Rosharra soon found St. Petersburg Free Clinic’s We Help Services Client Choice Food Pantry – a way to provide fresh, healthy food for her family like produce, bread, meat and non-perishable food items. 

Even better: Rosharra is able to visit the Food Pantry Thursday evenings, which accommodates her work schedule. Now, Rosharra has less worries about where the next meal for her family will come from.