Lakeysha Randall is the mother of six beautiful girls ages 25-32. She was married for almost 25 years and stayed in an unhealthy marriage to keep the family together for the children. She knows what it feels like to have everything and knows what it feels like to have everything taken away.
She has been through several housing evictions. Her family has lived in a house with no food and no power. Yet she continued living in such conditions because she thought her girls needed their father.
Before coming to Oasis, Lakeysha, her husband and six children lived for a few years in a roach infested motel off of Old Dixie. Lakeysha got a job working as a cleaning lady at the motel for reduced rates. While living there she and her children witnessed overdoses, drug deals, prostitution and crime. She was drinking a lot to try to escape from reality. Lakeysha’s rock bottom came when she met this fanatic young man named Joshua. He was 23 years old and from California. She had the pleasure of getting to know him as a person and within 24 hours of talking with him she found him dead from a heroin overdose with a needle in his arm. It shook her to her core after finding him dead, that was someone’s child and now he is gone forever. She realized what her drinking had been doing to the girls and herself so she stopped. She quit her job at the motel and her mother helped get Lakeysha and the girls away from that place.
She also got back in touch with some old friends. She remains grateful for her friend Wanda who took her to the Helping Hands agency who then referred her to Oasis for additional services.
Lakeysha states: “ I was a broken woman when I walked through that door, I didn’t know who I was. Jessica and Zoila came alongside of me
and showed me love and showed me that I was not alone. Oasis was my lifeline and I realized God was there for me. When things were the toughest and I thought that he had given up on me, he was there all along guiding me, and it was me that was giving up. He led me to Oasis. Oasis was instrumental in my successes and is much needed in the community. Oasis gave me back my self esteem, hope, and loved me until I could love myself. I was able to get food for my girls, learn computer skills, get help with writing a resume, learn interview techniques and acquire full time employment. But most importantly they saw this “broken woman and came alongside me and lifted me up so I could be a better mother to my six girls.”
Miss Dorothy Robinson, 66 years old, came to Oasis looking for help in 2017 and was chosen to be one of the Dream Makeover candidates for our Annual Ladies Luncheon that took place on April 28, 2018.
Here is a little bit of her journey in her own words, part of her speech at the event:
“Hello my name is Dorothy Marie Robinson
A little about me, I am one of 11 children. All but one of us grew up in the foster care system. I was in foster care since age 5. I lived most of my life on Long Island. I lived in 3 foster home, and my nightmare started at age 5, I was molested from age 5-17. At 17 I ran away. I found my brother who had also ran away from his foster home. We lived on a park bench for a while. Throughout my life I have been abused mentally and sexually. I was raped by a brother’s drug induced friend resulting in the pregnancy with my first son. I am the mother of two sons, 7 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.I have been married to the wrong man, he loved drugs and other women more than me. But God is so awesome.
It was my conversation with my sons that as I get older I would move to be close to one of them. So, in September 2016 I moved to Florida. I started looking for a job, I wanted to stay independent and not depend on my children. Years ago, on my journey, I did work for Citibank and had started college. Now I am attending Palm Beach State College, it is my goal to be an educator.
Now how I became a client of Oasis. I was working at a job and was told I was not proficient at my job and was given floater position. I was in the Lantana library learning computer basics and the attendant told me about Oasis.
I called Oasis and spoke with Zolia. I told her that I needed help, she let me ramble on about my needs and said, “I am here to help you”. I came the same day I called. She told me about Oasis and what they could do for me to help me with my needs. Iam learning computer basic, resume’ writing and even if I wanted a job they could help. As a senior I am grateful for Oasis. I have called Senior Centers and never received the true compassion as I did at Oasis Compassion Agency. God has blessed me with Oasis, no one tore at my self-esteem, they build you up and not tear down. With Heather, I have used the computer center, she helps me set up my school
presentations and are truly interested in my grades and how I am doing. I needed help and even
visit the food pantry.
I was so excited when I was chosen for the makeover.
In closing, because of kind people like you ,who give of your time and finances, Oasis is in the
community. If you are not a part today, please start. Your time, talents and money is needed.”
Miss Dorothy, as a Senior Member has a non-expiration membership and continues to
attend computer classes and receive services at the Food Pantry each week. She
expresses her gratitude and appreciation for Oasis on every single visit and has
volunteered her time on some of our special projects. Dorothy’s drive and determination
is an inspiration to the staff and volunteers of Oasis Compassion Agency.