US Air Force Veteran, Shaunda Lohse, was discharged under honorable conditions after four years of service. After leaving the Air Force, Shaunda had many battles with her health, both mentally and physically, and had difficulty maintaining housing and providing for her family. Shaunda struggled with homelessness, having been homeless four separate times in her life. In 2011, Shaunda was featured on the Food Network show “Cupcake Wars,” but at home she was struggling to remain housed and maintain her bakery. Every day she battles anxiety and PTSD, which led to Shaunda voluntarily admitting herself to a psychiatric facility receive help. After enduring years of domestic violence and serving two years in prison for a wrongful conviction, Shaunda relocated to San Antonio where she lived in her car until she was housed by Family Endeavors.
Since enrolling in the Family Endeavors Veteran services program, Shaunda’s life has turned around. Shaunda has gained full-time employment and has also become coordinator for her church’s food pantry, helping direct the delivery of food to the elderly, fulfilling her passions for cooking and helping others. She now utilizes the VA for mental health care and attends church for social support. Shaunda is on her way to obtaining self-sufficiency by beginning to contribute to her rent. This December, Shaunda hopes to regain visitation rights to her children. Shaunda continues to strive to become a positive role model in the community and give back in any way that she can.