When Vanessa* came to Hope Works, she knew she needed to return to work but did not know where to begin. Vanessa had undergone several major surgeries which required her to stop working for 7 years. She made an appointment and quickly developed a relationship with her community advocate. Together they applied for jobs that would allow her to support herself and save for her daughter's college tuition. However, after working enthusiastically to apply for several jobs, she was told by her doctor that she was not cleared to work due to health concerns.
This was disappointing news both for Vanessa and for Hope Works. Vanessa had a couple thousand dollars of credit card debt and without a source of income, it would be impossible for her to assist her daughter in paying for college. Although Vanessa was no longer able to look for a job, Hope Works continued to help her find stability. First, Hope Works put Vanessa in touch with the Center for Economic Progress to help her work through her debt. As a result of meeting with CEP, Vanessa became much more confident about her financial situation and was able to start planning for the future.
As they worked together, Vanessa began to share more with her community advocate about her past. After opening up about some of the hardship she had endured, Vanessa and her community advocate decided that it would be good for her to attend therapy. Hope Works was able to refer Vanessa to a counselor, who is continuing to help her deal with her past in a way that's healthy and empowering.
Hope Works was also able to help Vanessa find college fairs and resources for her daughter. Vanessa continues to come in to Hope Works to register for college fairs and seek information about scholarships and test prep programs. Hope Works strives to promote the growth of our clients by offering diverse resources that will contribute to long term stability. We are optimistic that Vanessa will be cleared to work soon and that she will have all of the tools she needs to thrive in her work environment when that day comes.
*Name has been changed to protect the privacy of our client