– Ola and Olubunmi Oyebola, Rockaway Beach NY
– Roberto Oligbo and Janet Babalola,
– Thanh Le
– Remi Odebunmi, Staten Island NY
– Richard Royston, Brooklyn NY
– Sonia LettBhola, Brooklyn NY
– Vickey Delvalle
– Sonia Gordon, Brooklyn NY
– Bunmi Murdock, Queens NY
– Roaxanne Holder-Paul
The rest of the staff members at Kianga House were really nice and pleasant to be around. Even when I had a bad attitude and didn’t want to be bothered, a simple greeting or comment from the staff would change my mood. I am very glad I was placed at Kianga House. I found an apartment with their help and they are all greatly appreciated by us.
– Sharday, Ziniyah, and Zarriyah Johnson
– M. Lamothe, MPA
– Todji Banks
– Wanda Frazier and Courtney Lashley
One morning, I called Kianga House and explained my situation to the woman who answered the phone. She told me to come into the office with supporting documents. When I arrived, I was astonished because the set-up was unlike anything I had ever seen. The building was clean, quiet and peaceful. I immediately had a sense of relief. My intake forms were processed and I officially became a resident.
Kianga was a refuge. I did not worry about being assaulted, injured, or killed. Everyone in the building was committed to the success of the residents. The classes, sessions and assistance that were available gave me tools I needed to be confident and to establish myself as an adult capable of maintaining a household. I found a personal confidant and cheerleader in Ms. Lorna; I wouldn’t have made it through without her wisdom and support. Kianga House transformed me from a scared young woman unsure of herself into a confident professional who is making her mark in this world. I am currently employed with the Borough of Manhattan as a Director of Health Sciences, a position I have help for nearly 10 years. Additionally, I am enrolled in the Doctorate of Nursing program at Rutgers University class of 2018. Without Kianga House and the wonderful caring staff, I would not be here today.
– Penelope S. Jordan, RN BSN and future DNP
Kianga House provided me with a warm and comfortable shelter when there was nowhere for me to turn to. I was 19 years old with my daughter when I applied for residency, and the staff at Kianga House took a chance in admitting me. The eligibility requirements then were to house a mother and her single child but I was a mother with an 11 month-old child and 2 months pregnant with my unborn child. Nevertheless, they extended their support to me. At Kianga House the services were bountiful; from the often-invited guest speakers, whose topics ranged from alcoholism and domestic abuse to proper parental care, or the in-house childcare provided for residents so they can attend school or work, or the weekly psychologists who were available to listen to you. Kianga House absolutely contributed to the development of the ``whole'' woman, by ensuring that the necessary resources were available to its residents.
– Tricia Mayhew-Noel, M.S, CIP (COO, The Plumber's Shop LLC)