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  • 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.
  • HPOG Success Story: DaShouna at the Kansas Department of Commerce

    Published: November 29, 2018
    HPOG is here to help you cross the finish line. DaShouna came to the Wichita Workforce Center in September 2016. She was one semester away from completing her Associates of Applied Science in Nursing and gaining her Registered Nurse (RN) license. She had nine years of experience in the healthcare industry as a Home Health Aide. DaShouna was already on the right path to ensure a brighter future for herself and nine children. As a single mother, she relied on childcare from family, as well as programs such as TANF, SNAP, Section 8, Medical Card, and Free/Reduced lunches for her kids. Despite assistance, the money ran out and she could no longer afford her tuition. DaShouna learned of the HPOG-funded Kansas Health Profession Opportunity Program (KHPOP) through fellow students. A KHPOP Career Coach met with DaShouna in October 2016 to discuss training and employment goals. With her student grant and loan options exhausted, the Career Coach decided that DaShouna would be a perfect candidate for “Wild Card” entry into KHPOP during her last semester of college. Each HPOG program has a limited number of Wild Cards, which allow program directors to bypass random assignment to serve participants with unusual circumstances. DaShouna had put so much of her own time and resources into her education that it took little time to gather the necessary documentation to award the Wild Card and enroll her in the KHPOP program.
  • Characteristics and Financial Circumstances of TANF Recipients, Fiscal Year 2017

    Published: November 20, 2018
    These tables provide demographic data on the age, gender, and race/ethnicity of adults and children in TANF and Separate State Program (SSP)-Maintenance-of-Effort (MOE) active families and closed cases, as well as data on the financial circumstances of TANF cash assistance recipients.
  • HPOG Success Story: Adrayll at South Carolina Department of Social Services

    Published: November 20, 2018
    A South Carolina father is making the best of his second chance at life. Adrayll was the recipient of a lifesaving liver transplant in April of 2017. Through the months of recovery, he looked to build a plan to provide for his wife and two young daughters while maintaining his health. He heard about a grant program while talking to his caseworker at the Chester County Department of Social Services (DSS). The HPOG-funded Project HOPE would provide Adrayll entry to the very career field that helped save his life.
  • HPOG Success Story: Alex at Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Inc.

    Published: November 20, 2018
    When Alex first applied to Cook Inlet Tribal Council’s (CITC) Health Program Opportunities Grant Health Care Training program funded by the Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) program of the Office of Family Assistance, he found out he was going to be a father for the first time. Though his family was eligible for public assistance, and relied on that support, Alex was hired as a full-time gas station attendant and was no longer eligible. Alex had always wanted to be in the healthcare field. He thought he’d make a good certified nursing assistant (CNA) because he’d taken care of an aging relative as a teen. In addition to his own aspirations, Alex was now a young father and he wanted to make a better life for his growing family. When Alex came to CITC HPOG he was unsure how he would pay for school to pursue his dream. Fortunately, when Alex went to apply for cash assistance he was told about the HPOG program and applied to participate in August 2011. He attended the CNA orientation and job shadow requirements orientation meetings, and his application was selected for the Winter 2012 CNA training. Alex did very well in the training and completed all the necessary requirements to become a licensed CNA, but soon hit a roadblock that nearly derailed his progress. The Alaska Board of Nursing would not license him based on findings from his criminal background check. A mistake from Alex’s youth had caught up with him and threatened his future. Alex would not be allowed to take the required National Certification Licensure Examination until he satisfied all inquires from the Alaska Board of Nursing (Board). CITC helped Alex respond to and address all concerns of the Board. Alex credits the encouragement and guidance from CITC staff with keeping him going and not losing hope.
  • HPOG Success Story: Angela at Southland Health Care Forum

    Published: November 20, 2018
    Angela came to the Southland Health Care Forum (SHCF), a Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) program funded by the Office of Family Assistance in January 2012, after experiencing a number of setbacks in her life. Angela, a hard-working and devoted mother, worked for over 19 years in the cosmetology industry, most recently as an instructor. But in 2011, she lost her full time job and for almost two years tried to find another one with a livable wage that would support her family. Angela and her family went from living comfortably to facing the possibility of being homeless. Unable to find work in the cosmetology field, Angela agonized over what her next step would be. When she thought about going back to school, she wasn’t afraid of being in the classroom again, but was fearful that, as she had seen with many people she knew, she’d have to take out student loans and still would land a low paying job. Seeing the struggles of others who had taken this path scared her and Angela found herself falling into a state of depression. The need to support her family, however, pushed Angela into action and she began to research medical training opportunities in her community. She contacted nearby Prairie State College, which referred her to SHCF in Chicago Heights, Illinois. Angela immediately called SHCF to learn about the accelerated nursing program. Worried about tuition costs, she first asked how much the program cost and learned that it was free because of HPOG funding. This helped alleviate some of Angela’s greatest fears about student loan debt and paved the way for her re-entry into the workforce. It also made Angela feel like SHCF cared about her success and that she wasn’t just a number. During pre-qualification testing, Angela did poorly on the pre-requisite math test, so SHCF provided tutoring. After she successfully passed all pre-qualification tests and submitted the required documentation, Angela started training to be a Certified Medical Assistant in February 2013.
  • HPOG Success Story: Cassandra at the Full Employment Council

    Published: November 20, 2018
    In 2014, Cassandra applied for a health care career scholarship at the Full Employment Council (FEC) 21st Century Healthcare Works program (21st Century), a Health Profession Opportunity Grants program (HPOG) of the Office of Family Assistance. Cassandra, a single mother, was receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cash assistance and living in Parkville, Missouri, a small city outside of Kansas City. She was struggling to provide for her eight year old son and had a temporary, part-time job at a fast food restaurant. The work helped her pay the bills, but she wasn’t making enough to get off of public assistance. She wanted a career that would provide a good income and benefits for her family.
  • HPOG Success Story: CB at Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Inc.

    Published: November 20, 2018
    People. Partnership. Potential. These are the three tenets that guide the Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC) in Alaska. They are also the motivators that connected a driven and conscientious member of Anchorage’s Alaskan Native community with Healthcare Training Program at CITC, an HPOG program funded by the Office of Family Assistance. For nearly a decade, this woman, CB, has worked tirelessly for non-profits serving the Native Alaska community while also taking certification and licensing courses in real estate, professional development, and management. Advancing her own prospects was not the only motivation behind taking on so much responsibility, and she was looking for a more hands-on way to make a medical impact on those in the Alaskan Native community.