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As a single mother of two, Shawna relocated her family from Michigan to Washington state in 2017. With help from nearby relatives, Shawna moved in with her aunt in search of a fresh start in a new city.

Shawna visited the Renton Community Service Office to begin the process of transferring her Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits from out of state. During the meeting with her TANF case manager, Shawna expressed her interest in dentistry and completing her high school degree. Shawna’s case manager knew the Health Workforce for the Future (HWF) Visit disclaimer page program run by the Workforce Development Council of Seattle - King County would be a perfect fit for her. HWF supports progress toward economic self-sufficiency for low-income residents of the Seattle-King County area by offering tuition for healthcare training and support services.

Evelyn, a single mother of four children, found a new direction for her life after she lost her job. Facing unemployment, she refused to let a temporary setback prevent her from providing for her family. Evelyn and her family were living in public housing when she was fired. At the time, she was enrolled in the San Antonio Housing Authority’s (SAHA) Family Self-Sufficiency program. Evelyn explained her situation to the property managers and they referred her to an Alamo Colleges District Health Profession Opportunity Grants (Alamo HPOG) Visit disclaimer page information session. As soon as Evelyn learned about Alamo HPOG and the support offered by the program, she knew she had found her calling. Her journey to self-fulfillment and financial independence had begun.

The Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board (GTPCHB) facilitates their Health Profession Opportunity Grant, the Pathways to Healthcare Program (PHP) Visit disclaimer page to assist Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients and qualified low-income individuals. Through healthcare education and training, PHP hopes to create healthier and more sustainable tribal communities in the rural areas they serve.

A member of the Spirit Lake tribe, Margo spent much of her early life on the reservation working odd jobs to provide for herself and her family. During this time, she worked in customer service, early childhood education, and administration. She was content in these jobs but always wanted to return to school and earn a degree in a field that appealed to her.

Health-Care Ute Project (HCUTE) uses Distance Education to connect rural, at-risk adult members of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe Visit disclaimer page with post-secondary education. Education options for reservation Natives are usually inaccessible and unfamiliar. The few tribal members who leave often find the experience culturally intimidating, and dropout rates are high. For those who succeed, they do not return to the reservation after accepting jobs in their field, which weakens the local infrastructure.

Health Professions Opportunity Grants Buffalo Visit disclaimer page at the Buffalo and Erie County Workforce Development Consortium prepares individuals for employment in healthcare jobs offering advancement opportunities along a career ladder. Over the five years of the grant, HPOG Buffalo lost contact with many participants after they completed a healthcare training. Staff phone calls and emails to reach out to past participants went unanswered. HPOG Buffalo was ready to try something new.

Naomi found herself pregnant during her senior year of high school. Despite her pregnancy, she graduated at the top of her class, with a 3.7 GPA. Naomi started researching her options and went to an information session for certified nursing assistant (CNA) training at Louisiana Delta Community College. She knew she would need financial assistance, and at the session learned of the Northeast Louisiana Professional Healthcare Opportunities— Careers and Support Project (PHOCAS) program. Naomi applied and was selected for PHOCAS. She started CNA training at Louisiana Delta Community College in May 2016. "PHOCAS helped with everything; tuition, books, and even a gas card for me to travel back and forth. It was amazing and relieved so much stress."