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  • HPOG Success Story: Christine at Volunteers of America Michigan

    Published: December 13, 2018
    Strength is a quality we cannot measure until it is all we have left. Christine Rowsey’s strength allowed her to turn personal pain into power. It also led her to an HPOG program that allowed her to turn pain into professional purpose.
  • HPOG Success Story: Danny at Alamo Community College District

    Published: December 13, 2018
    Beautiful accidents can happen, but sustained achievements are never the result of chance. You could say that Danny Mendez’s engagement with HPOG began by accident. However, the results he’s achieved in the program are the direct result of hard work and determination.
  • HPOG Success Story: Getachew at Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County

    Published: December 13, 2018
    Part of living the American Dream is being able to follow your own personal calling. It is a dream that belongs to everyone, not just those born in the United States; a dream that is rooted in the understanding that with hard work and desire, anything is possible. Getachew Haile is proof that the American Dream still exists, and proof that HPOG can play an important role in helping make it achievable for everyone.
  • HPOG Success Story: Glenda at Montefiore Medical Center

    Published: December 13, 2018
    Hard work and motivation translate in any language. After overcoming cultural barriers, economic barriers, and family tragedy, Glenda Lee Mejia’s engagement with HPOG allowed her to turn hardship into triumph.
  • HPOG Success Story: Michele at Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit

    Published: December 13, 2018
    Successful working mothers aren’t the ones who have never struggled. They are the ones who have never settled. Michele Heckman’s HPOG story is one of struggle and success; success that has exceeded her own initial expectations of what was possible for herself and her family.
  • HPOG Success Story: Pam at Schenectady County Community College

    Published: December 13, 2018
    The challenges of today prepare us for tomorrow, while the promise of tomorrow can propel us through the present. For many working, single mothers, the promise of something better is a source of inspiration and resiliency through tough times. For women like Pam Goberdham, HPOG represents an opportunity to turn dreams deferred into opportunity realized.
  • HPOG Success Story: Raquel at Central Community College

    Published: December 13, 2018
    The good life. It’s the unofficial state motto of Nebraska that adorns road signs and greets travelers as they pass by the fields of wild grass and perfect rows of corn that fill the state. For those who come to the nation’s heartland looking for something better, “The Good Life” is not so much a welcome or a promise as it is a question; a riddle whose answer lies somewhere between aspiration and reality. For Raquel Renteria, the road to the good life in her adopted state started with a healthcare training program funded by HPOG through the Office of Family Assistance.
  • HPOG Success Story: Tyler at Buffalo and Erie County Workforce Development Consortium, Inc.

    Published: December 13, 2018
    A breakthrough can come at any time. Tyler’s breakthrough came after considerable thought and research into a program that would prove to be the gateway to his dream.
  • HPOG Success Story: Antoinette at Community College of Allegheny County

    Published: December 11, 2018
    A single mother rises up to start a new chapter in her life. Antoinette and her family have faced many challenges in the last fifteen years. She suffered the loss of her home and the passing of close family members. She was a single mother, with nine daughters and no place to live. Much of the next decade was spent working hard to keep her family afloat. Antoinette has a master’s degree in social work, but lack of licensure capped her earning potential. She spent time as a drug and alcohol counselor and as a daycare worker. Antoinette always loved helping families overcome challenges in their lives. Now, it was her turn. Antoinette had two teenage daughters, one with special needs, and two grandchildren living with her. She knew she wanted to start her own business, and began researching what additional experience and education she would need to do so. She happened upon HPOG and knew that it was her chance to succeed.
  • HPOG Success Story: Amber at Cankdeska Cikana Community College

    Published: December 6, 2018
    Fort Totten, ND  The key to success lives in every one of us. Amber, a single mother from North Dakota, is a perfect example of overcoming one’s circumstances. As early as high school, Amber had a passion for helping others and learning as much as she could. At sixteen, she got pregnant with her first child and had to drop out of school. She did odd jobs to make ends meet, but found it difficult to find full time work without a diploma. Amber knew that she needed to take steps to build a life for her family. She was living in a shelter with her three children, two of whom have special needs, and had recently left an abusive relationship. She moved to North Dakota, and put herself through Emergency Medical Training (EMT) school at night. Amber got a job at the local hospital as an EMT, but she had to work overtime shifts just to cover their bills. The job gave her the confidence to pursue her next goal of becoming a paramedic, but she still had doubts. At this time, Amber discovered the HPOG funded  Next Steps II program. She applied, got accepted, and started her journey to becoming a paramedic. With Next Steps II assistance and guidance, nothing could stop Amber not even health setbacks.

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