BROOKLYN - A former homeless woman from Brooklyn was honored by her employer today for her hard work and dedication.

Coretta Bazemore was placed as a maintenance worker with Phoenix Janitorial after being homeless with three children for years. She had been living at a Downtown Brooklyn shelter when she enrolled in a job training program with the Institute for Community Living.

The company says it rewarded the 36-year-old mom because she excelled at her job for the past three years and deserves recognition for turning her life around. Officials say it's a milestone based on where she came from and her transition into the workforce.

Bazemore says she now lives in a studio apartment in East New York. She says it's the first time in years she has been able to live on her own.