Not everyone gets the same start in life. Money, family, education, health and so much more place us at far-flung starting lines. Liberty Bank Foundation is in the business of helping low- to moderate-income people, who have had few advantages in life, move forward to economic success. Here are the stories of two single moms who struggled early on and, thanks to the help of our grantees, now have created stable lives for themselves and their children.
Cassie joined the Women and Families Center’s job training and placement program. Her starting point? A single mom working for minimum wage and relying on food stamps to get by. Her ambition was to enter the healthcare field, become self-sufficient, and make a better life for her son. At WFC, she trained to become a certified nursing assistant, graduated at the top of her class and earned her certification. Through the program, she learned how to create a resume and practiced interviewing. Job placement services matched her with an opening at Apple Rehab in Middletown. She has since earned full-time employment at Midstate Medical Center in Meriden, and plans of pursuing a nursing degree.
Hope had the misfortune to marry an abusive spouse. She endured the situation for four years until her husband turned his anger on their son and put him in the hospital. With no job, no family, and no driver’s license, she and her two children were welcomed to the Prudence Crandall Center (a residence for domestic violence victims). For the first time, she could see light on the horizon. Counselors helped her set goals and to achieve them, and she did. Her path? Divorce, a driver’s license, a nursing degree and counseling for her family. Prudence Crandall staff was her family and celebrated with her when she earned straight A’s in college, and when her son was awarded ‘best hugger’ at his preschool.
Wow … two women who didn’t have the best start. But they’ve been helped, have chosen a (helping) nursing career, and have helped their families live better lives. It just doesn’t get any better than that.