Zenashe Ewnetu (L) immigrated to the United States from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with her two young children in 2013. She fled domestic violence and abuse perpetrated by her children’s father who vowed to kill her if she ever returned.

In May 2017, Zenashe began working at EGH part-time through the YWCA’s work readiness program. With her winning smile, compassionate ways, and impressive work ethic, she was welcomed with open arms by staff and women accessing services alike. Upon completion of her YWCA program in November of that year, Zenashe accepted a permanent position as a Day Center Assistant. She now manages hygiene services, including coordinating showers and all hygiene supplies, as well as overseeing the in-house laundry needs for our food services, sleeping, and shower programs.

After applying and waiting for over a year, Zenashe was called in to take the United States citizenship test in October. While nervous and doubtful of her ability to take the test, she passed it with flying colors. We are proud to announce that on 10/30/19, Zenashe was sworn in as a U.S. citizen!  Helene McOwen (R), her fellow staff member, was there to cheer her on and to act as her ‘EGH family’ representative. In Zenashe’s words: “It is with the help of my friends and family at Elizabeth Gregory Home that I was able to pass the test and become a citizen. I have had so much help and support along the way, and for that, I am forever grateful.”

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