HPOG Success Story: Mavis at Volunteers of America Texas

Publication Date: March 25, 2021

Houston, TX

Volunteers of America Texas Health Profession Opportunity Grants (VOATX HPOG)

It’s a matter of heart.

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 .

Growing up in Nigeria instilled in Mavis a belief in hard work and resilience. Mavis labored on the family farm, but it did not produce enough profit to provide for them. Despite her financial status, Mavis was rich in spirit and believed that one day she would live in a big city and support herself and her family.

When Mavis first arrived in the United States as a teen, she found it difficult to fit in among her peers. Attending school in Houston, she enjoyed learning about American culture and became interested in how the human body works. Science and health quickly became her favorite subjects and sparked an interest in healthcare.

Years later Mavis was a divorced single mother, receiving public benefits, with a young son and no support. Her confidence took a hit when she was rejected from the nursing program at a local college. Her life began to change course when she met a HPOG coach from VOATX at the local Workforce office. They discussed job readiness and opportunities, financial literacy, and resource support. With much hesitation, Mavis found the courage to apply to return to school.

The journey to become a registered nurse was extremely difficult. There were hiccups along the way as she tried to balance school and work full time, but the support from the HPOG staff fueled her motivation. With tuition and program fees covered by the HPOG scholarship, Mavis was able to focus more on her education.

“I believe words of affirmation and encouragement are the most sincere inspiration you can give someone — showing love and concern to others, not just because it is your job but it is a part of who you are,” says Mavis. “The HPOG staff at VOATX was there for me every step of the way. Being in this program is just like nursing, it is a thing of the heart, a calling and commitment to build support, grow confidence, and care for people who need help.”

“Being in this program is just like nursing, it is a thing of the heart, a calling and commitment to build support, grow confidence, and care for people who need help.”

This success story was self-identified by the grantee and information contained in this document was provided by the grantee.

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