Destiny Novillo

Last updated: 2016

Destiny Novillo

2016 Beat the Odds Honoree

Destiny Novillo grew up in a household with an alcohol-addicted mother and an absent father. For years, Destiny witnessed her mother being physically abused by several boyfriends. At the age of 7 years old, Destiny was molested by one of them. Having suffered such trauma and with no extended family to help raise her, she was placed in foster care.

Destiny's transition through eight placements in nine years caused her significant stress and led to depression. She was put on prescription medication to manage her depression and the harsh realities of her life. As a child and as a teen, she has been forced to make adult decisions including one recently that kept her a ward of the state when there was an opportunity to be reunited with her mother. It was one of the hardest decisions that Destiny has had to make in her young life, but she was determined to put herself first.

Today, Destiny resides in Glendale with her aunt, who is suffering from cancer. She knows that this placement is not permanent and that she can be moved at any time. Destiny commutes every day from Glendale to San Pedro to go to school and to continue to volunteer at Little Company of Mary Medical Center. Destiny remains focused on the future and lives every day believing that "Life could be worse."