HPOG peers become a second family
Feleisha needed a fresh start. After escaping a volatile relationship with her husband, she desperately wanted to carve out a better life for herself and her three children. She knew she needed to find stable employment to make ends meet but had no prior professional work experience. Thankfully, Community Action Project of Tulsa County, Inc.’s (CAP Tulsa) Health Profession Opportunity Grants program was there to help her.
Feleisha came across a posting for a training opportunity through CAP Tulsa’s CareerAdvance Visit disclaimer page program. Lacking confidence and terrified at the prospect of a new start, she almost talked herself out of attending orientation. Showing up took a considerable amount of courage for Feleisha and it would not be the last time she would face her fears. Nevertheless, she began taking small but measured steps towards finding her path to success.
Feleisha started Medical Assistant training and found the support she needed through CareerAdvance. They provided her with childcare assistance, books, career coaching and covered her tuition costs. With their assistance, she conquered the self-doubt that nearly prevented her from beginning this journey. The CareerAdvance staff helped her overcome academic challenges by providing tutoring and mentorship. Feleisha found a second family among her fellow classmates and advisors.
Encouraged by her children, she completed her Medical Assistant training and accepted a position with a large hospital-affiliated clinic in Tulsa. Feleisha’s new long-term goal is to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and become a labor and delivery nurse. With her new found self confidence, the sky is now the limit for Feleisha.
“I have been given an opportunity of a lifetime. This has had a major impact not only on my life and my future, but for my children’s as well.”
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