Ambrosia Berg graduated from Aurora Central High School in 2009 and was heading to Boulder to start her freshman year at the University of Colorado when she realized she was pregnant.

Eight years later, the part-time student, former part-time worker and full-time single parent graduated from CU with a degree in speech, language and hearing sciences.

Berg worked hard and sacrificed to achieve her goal — and her dream — of graduating and living in Boulder. It would not have been possible without the help and support she received from the Emergency Family Assistance Association of Boulder, she said.

“It’s definitely not been an easy road,” Berg said. “EFAA has been a huge part of our lives and helped us become the family that I so wanted to give my son.”

In her freshman year, Berg lived in a dorm while pregnant. She moved back in with her parents in Aurora for a short time after her freshman year. Determined, Berg moved back to Boulder with her son, Azya, who is now 9 and attending elementary school in Boulder.

Berg had limited means, living below the poverty level, and Boulder is among Colorado’s most expensive cities. That’s when she found EFAA.

Last year, EFAA celebrated its 100th anniversary serving the Boulder community as a safety net for families, helping people meet basic needs through a variety of programs, including aid with critical expenses such as rent, utilities, minor medical costs and transportation, said Ashley Rumble, director of development with the nonprofit.

EFAA also operates a food pantry, for people and pets, and it hosts and organizes case management programs for clients, helping them build a better future through community resources and education.

“They provided a positive foundation for me and my son,” Berg said. “If it wasn’t for EFAA, I wouldn’t have been able to have a place.” Now Berg, 28, is giving back to EFAA and the Boulder community she’s come to love.

Since graduation Berg has landed a full-time position as an instructor with Imagine! — a Boulder nonprofit that provides support services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

“I’m helping to enrich the lives of those with disabilities and to give them opportunities,” Berg said.