Shaneira Brandon & the Will County HPOG

Shaneira Brandon’s story portrays how training programs can offer the change needed to transform an individual’s life. After finding herself in a challenging situation as a single pregnant woman, Shaneira endured many personal and professional barriers to sustained employment.  Already struggling from pregnancy-related health complications, Shaneira soon found she was facing yet another obstacle when she prematurely delivered her son due to her involvement in a car accident during her eighth month of pregnancy.  Although Shaneira was confused and scared, she knew she wanted to make something of her life in order to provide for her child.  Having nowhere to turn, she soon found herself homeless, unemployed, and a young single parent.

Her story takes a positive turn when the Bridge Communities transitional housing program in Glen Ellyn, Illinois referred her to the US Department of Health and Human Services, Health Profession Opportunity Grant (HPOG) Pharmacy Technician Training Program at Jewish Vocational Service.  After successfully completing the classroom-based course and receiving her Illinois pharmacy technician license, Shaneira soon passed the national PTCB credential exam, which would allow her to work in any pharmacy nationwide.

JVS is pleased to report that Shaneira is gainfully employed as a Pharmacy Technician with CVS Pharmacy in Peru, Illinois where she now lives with her two year old son.  It truly takes a network of passionate social service providers to empower a young single mother.  Honoring Shaneira for her dedication and perseverance would be the best ending to this journey.