Well, we’re into 2017 and lots of our residents are signing up for our long-term program and getting enrolled in Hill College. Others are enrolling in GED preparation courses at Cleburne Adult Education.
Who signs up for these educational opportunities? Let’s take a look at some of them. (Names were changed for privacy)
- Ryan came to us for help getting his life back together. He is 21 years old and, by his own admission, has ruined his life with bad choices. He already has been convicted of a felony and now realizes what that is going to mean for the rest of his life. He has a goal of becoming a certified welder and is grateful for the chance to enroll. He thought he would never have that chance.
- Fred is an older gentleman who is a bricklayer in his 50s who has kicked his addiction. He knows that at his age he won’t be able to continue his bricklaying career much longer. He was thrilled to be able to get additional training in a less physically demanding vocation.
- Stephany is a 20 year old mother of 2 who wants to be able to support herself and her children and live in appropriate housing. Due to her parents’ drug and alcohol addictions she has chosen to move away from that environment and raise her children on her own. She has enrolled in GED preparation because she didn’t finish high school. She is so happy to have this opportunity because she had doubts she could ever go back to school and raise her family. She now has that chance.
This past Monday night representatives from the EOC (Educational Opportunities Center) came to our north campus and signed up 11 residents for Hill College degree and certification programs. They are also helping them obtain the needed financial aid.
All of this adds up to more people being elevated out of poverty and homelessness permanently.
Continue to pray for our residents.