Self-Sufficiency In Action
With help from ASPIRE, program participant Count Reddon was able to get back on his feet following his release from prison. He attended workshops that helped him rewrite a resume and learn interviewing skills, later earning full-time employment. Budget counseling helped him obtain affordable housing after sheltering at the Salvation Army. Determined to become self-sufficient, Mr. Reddon also saved money to purchase reliable transportation and has established his own part-time plumbing business to supplement his income.
Kamekia Hart had aspirations of starting a career in the medical field but couldn’t afford the required vaccinations and physical exams that educational institutions require before vocational training. When working part-time, she didn’t have health insurance but made too much money to qualify for Medicaid. Living paycheck to paycheck, Hart felt discouraged and directionless.
ASPIRE provided support by referring Hart to agencies that could assist with her vaccinations. Staff made sure she had the tuition, uniforms and course registrations to begin her vocational studies. With help from ASPIRE, Hart could move towards her goals and start a career as a phlebotomist.