Van's mother died when she was just 15. Van's father soon abandoned her and her younger sister. The girls were forced to live with an aunt and uncle, who could provide little more than basic shelter.
Van was desperate to find a way to support herself and her sister when she heard about STREETS International. "When I arrived, I was scared," Van says, "but everyone was really kind to me and I felt welcome." Just two weeks after graduating from STREETS, Van was hired by the Hyatt Regency Resort DaNang. The professionalism and enthusiasm she learned at STREETS did not go unnoticed by the Hyatt. In her first year, Van was awarded 'Employee of the Year,' winning an all-expense paid vacation to Singapore. She has proudly continued her career at Hyatt successfully working her way up to a Room Service Team Leader.