In February 2019, Tonya was stopped for a traffic violation and arrested due to a pending warrant on her record. She was experiencing a difficult time and struggled with alcoholism. In result of her struggle with alcohol, Tonya lost her job and began to spiral into a series of challenges.
While serving her sentence at the Kent County Correctional Facility, Tonya was introduced to the New Beginnings program offered by Women’s Resource Center. In the program, she was partnered with a mentor and her Career Coach, Tia. “Tia sparked a drive in me to achieve my career goals. She helped me to strategize and provided encouragement.”
Upon her release, Tonya was empowered to continue her education and not let her past get in the way of her future goals. “Women’s Resource Center is not just a place where you go to find a job. It’s a place where you don’t have to be ashamed to ask for help. Be honest about what you need. We all have a past and you will not be judged at Women’s Resource Center. Girl, ask for help if you need it!”
In March 2022, Tonya will receive an associate’s degree in human services. She has plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in urban ministry from Cornerstone University. “I’m excited about my future, and you should be excited about yours too!”