"Determined to Change"
Stacy was battling addiction and an eating disorder while incarcerated in the Kent County Jail. She decided to take part in Women’s Resource Center’s New Beginnings, a job readiness program for women at the facility. She participated in one-on-one and group mentoring, employ-ability assessments, individualized employment plans, and life skills development.
As her release date neared, Stacy jumped at the chance to enroll in the Training to Work program, an 18 week job training with Grand Rapids Community College. The training would set Stacy on a new career path, with significantly higher earning potential than most entry level job seekers. “I started the program within 30 days of getting out of jail,” says Stacy. “That’s how excited and eager I was to start it.”
“I started the program within 30 days of getting out of jail,” says Stacy. “That’s how excited and eager I was to start it.”
Stacy enrolled in the Machinist/CNC Technician Certification Course. She learned to set up and operate manual and computer controlled metal machining equipment. It wasn’t easy for her. Her Career Coach Julie says, “Stacy knew by finishing this course she would be equipped both with skills and livable finances. Even through adversity – losing housing and being food insecure-Stacy continued to go to school.”
The mentoring and job training support Stacy received has reignited her passion to work hard and move on from her past. She is hopeful and confident. She is even considering furthering her education. Stacy says, “I’m very thankful that I got this opportunity through Women’s Resource Center. It’s been amazing.”