In 2003 Destinee came to Mom’s House with her beautiful little daughter Ashanti. Destinee was a sophomore at Millersville University on a basketball scholarship. She was determined to stay in school, excel on the court and in the classroom, while being the best mother to her daughter.
Destinee not only received a bachelor’s degree in social work, but she also set numerous records for the Millersville University women’s basketball team, being selected to the All Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East division team. Upon graduation, she immediately went to work as a Social Worker, finding her passion in Foster Care. Destinee now works at the Children’s Home of Reading, where she impacts foster children’s lives throughout Berks County. She is currently working towards her master’s degree in Social Work and her certificate in Trauma. In her spare time, she is active in her church, Glad Tidings, a member of the NAACP, and a passionate volunteer basketball coach.
Like mom, Ashanti shares a passion for hoops. Last season, Ashanti shattered several longstanding women’s basketball records at Lancaster Country Day high school. Unfortunately, she was among the many high school seniors who had to celebrate their final year of school during COVID-19.
The pandemic provided Ashanti time to realize, like her mother, she had a calling after basketball. She now attends the University of Pittsburgh, majoring in psychology. While she decided to hang up her jersey, she knows with the passion and determination she learned from her mother, she is destined to help others who are not as fortunate.
Destinee’s success would not have been possible without Mom’s House. Ashanti (and Destinee)) would not have had the opportunities to attend college without the donors of Mom’s House. She still remembers Mom’s House’s encouragement and love during many hard times. To this day, she cherishes the bonds she made with Mom’s House families, staff, and its supporters.
Millersville University 2005 Graduate and mother of Ashanti