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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.

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.

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."

A first-generation college graduate, Mavis accomplished career and academic goals despite overwhelming challenges. Mavis obtained her Associate Degree of Nursing and secured employment at Memorial Hermann as an emergency room nurse through participating in the Health Professional Opportunity Grant (HPOG) program at Volunteers of America Texas (VOATX) Visit disclaimer page .

Chaz and Stephanie are the definition of a power couple. Motivated to provide for their growing family, they took a chance towards a new career by applying for the HEART Project Visit disclaimer page , Turtle Mountain Community College’s (TMCC) Health Profession Opportunity Grant (HPOG) program. With the HEART Project’s assistance, they both obtained certification as Phlebotomy Technicians and associate degrees in Medical Laboratory Science.

The past doesn’t determine your path Aliyah grew up in the South Shore neighborhood of Chicago. The area is known as “Terror Town” for the rampant gangs and gun violence that plague the streets. Despite the harsh conditions outside, Aliyah was surrounded by a supportive family. Her grandmother gifted her with these words of wisdom: “It works, if you work it.” Over the years, this mantra guided Aliyah to persevere through adversity and help her achieve her dreams. All she needed was a little assistance, which she found through the HPOG program at Chicago State University, Partnerships to STEP-UP in Health Careers Visit disclaimer page .

Living in Bridgeport, CT, Nia, a single mom, found herself facing inadequate housing and very limited income. She trained as a licensed practical nurse (LPN), but had trouble finding a LPN job and struggled to make ends meet working as a certified nursing assistant (CNA). Nia was motivated to provide more for her family, and found the help she needed in The WorkPlace’s Health CareeRx Academy Visit disclaimer page . The Health CareeRx Academy is a partnership of healthcare providers, employers, educators, trainers, and community-based organizations in coastal Connecticut that work together to train and prepare Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients and other low-income individuals for employment in healthcare occupations.