Anyone who has ever tried to change something about their life knows how hard real change can be. All of our low-income participants of Circles have the same challenges with change.
Given the difficulty of change and life transformation, I hope all who read this report can appreciate the effort and the value of these accomplishments.
This is the briefest of summaries, followed by more details for each of their stories: Giles got a job and is providing for his family, Charlene got a job despite her felony history, Will got a job, Maggie got a job, Nicole entered her GED program, and Mary got registered for her GED program.
During the month of December, Giles finally got a job and is now working at Burger King. He is so excited to be providing for his family even though they will still struggle with such a meager income. Fortunately, a special Christmas gift provided a bus pass for the month of January, so Giles didn't have to walk the mile to and from work. I hear that his managers really like him and his pleasant, hard-working personality. Giles comes from a family who spent a great deal of time and money on alchohol. For a long time, he fell into that pattern too, but in the last year he has decided that is not part of who he is. He has become the one in the family who reminds his significant other to stick to their budget.
Charlene is a recovering addict, a participant of Circles since Feb. 1 last year, who was dispairing of ever getting a job due to a previous felony. WIth the natural supports provided by Circles, and the support she receives from those who help her with her sobriety, she has begun to dream of working again. Last week, she called a previous employer who had written on her file, "Would hire again". After finishing a competency test, she was hired and began work the next day. Due to funding from several foundations earmarked for transportation and other barriers to self-sufficiency, we were able to provide Charlene with a bus pass and scrubs so she could get to work and have appropriate clothing to do so. She is so delighted to be working!
Will and Maggie just had their intake interviews with us about two weeks ago. Both have already interviewed and received new jobs. Nicole is excited about her good marks in her GED classes, even though she gets tired of the loads of homework required. Nicole does not know yet what her end goal for education is. Mary is a young mom who comes from a family of addicts. She is the first one in her family to break out of addiction. Despite her busy mommy schedule, she has found time to get registered for her GED classes. Mary has dreams of becoming a nurse.
These are just the major changes happening in people's lives due to your dollars. The more subtle changes, like the rebirth of hope, occur regularly even though they are harder to measure in visible ways.
Thanks for being a part of helping people move from poverty to self-sufficiency! Together we can make a difference!