Hearts Without Homes meets Aaliyah: ‘I want to help people’

Hearts Without Homes

ERIE, Pa. — Her name is Aaliyah.

“I like to sing a lot. Can’t really sing very well, although I’m named after a singer,” said the 14-year-old.

She expresses herself through music and her own rap lyrics.

“I write about my past. I write about what I want to do with my future. I write about how I’m feeling.”

A part of what the high school freshman wants to do with her future is become a military medic. With that in mind, she recently visited the West Ridge Fire Department to get a behind-the-scenes look at some of their operations.

Their work requires duties that would make some people squeamish, but not Aaliyah.

“I did cheerleading and I was a whole football kind of girl as a kid. I was never like ‘eww, dirt.’ I was like ‘football.'”

As an active teen, she is searching for the same in a family.

“I like a more laid-back kind of family–like always having something to do, but not really like sitting down much–like an active family. Someone who will support me through my blues.”

It is the kind of support that Aaliyah wants to give others now and for years to come.

“I want to help people. It’s like my main goal in life.”

Aaliyah is one many children who seek adoption. To learn more about Family Services of NW PA, call 814-866-4549, or click here.

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