Young woman finds hope at Colorado Springs homeless shelter

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Urban Peak's teen homeless shelter near downtown Colorado Springs was Sana Noor's safe place from the parents she claims disowned her because she did not believe in their religion.

Sana Noor pictured in the middle. She went to a teen homeless shelter and found help after she had to leave her own home. Urban Peak Executive Director Shawna Kemppainen on the right and former Air Force recruiter Courtney Graham on the left.

"My mom actually gave me her phone to call a taxi to leave," explained Noor. "My hands were shaking as I was going through her phone. I found Urban Peak and gave them a call."

Urban Peak Executive Director Shawna Kemppainen says her team knew the moment Sana walked through the door she would be a success.

"She told the case manager first thing, 'I'm going to join the Air Force'," Kemppainen recalled.

With the help of Urban Peak and former Air Force recruiter Courtney Graham, Noor did.

"I was so proud the day I watched her go to basic training," Graham said. "When I saw her come in in her uniform it was the most emotional moment ever."

It's an achievement Noor credits to her determination and the staff at Urban Peak who were determined to help her succeed.

"I know a lot of people may think this is a handout or something like that but I think it is more like a 'handup', like someone is helping you get up and back on your feet," said Noor.

Noor is currently stationed at Eglin Air Force base in Florida and is working on her associates degree in Finance. She has a 4.0 grade point average and plans to start work on her bachelor's degree in the Spring. She tells 11 News she wants a career in the CIA or FBI.

You can contact Urban Peak at 719-630-3223 for more information on their programs and services.

ABOUT URBAN PEAK
Urban Peak Colorado Springs ignites the potential in youth to exit homelessness and create self-determined, fulfilled lives. Our shelter, street outreach and housing programs reached nearly 700 youth last year in the Pikes Peak Region. Located in downtown Colorado Springs, UPCS employs 24 people, and our programs operate on a budget of approximately $1.8 million annually.

The youth served at the shelter come from a variety of backgrounds, and we strive to be a safe community for all youth, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, class, educational background, sexual orientation, gender identity, or ability status.

We Believe:
-In the transformational power of acceptance.
-In the responsible stewardship of our resources.
-That with compassion, guidance and support, positive change and healing can happen