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Rebecca's Success Story: From a Few Terrible Months in Poverty to Stability

Updated: Mar 19, 2020

“Rebecca” found herself in grave health after a car accident in early November 2017. She was diagnosed with a rare condition leaving her no choice but to step aside from a successful career as a nurse. During her time recovering from injuries sustained in the car accident, as well as being diagnosed with a rare illness, her husband abandoned her and her two young boys, which forced Rebecca to move to her parents’ home in Stokes County.

Rebecca registered her young son with Head Start and was referred by a Head Start advocate to check with Yadkin Valley Economic Development District, Inc (YVEDDI) for further assistance. Rebecca enrolled in the CSBG program and tearfully explained her situation to the Success Coach. Rebecca and the Success Coach completed a priority list of steps for Rebecca to handle which led to the development of her personalized Action Plan. The Success Coach reached out to various organizations which assisted Rebecca in obtaining her own housing, file for partial disability, obtain employment as a CNA instructor for a local community college, file for divorce, and obtain child support payments.

Rebecca managed her income during the summer months while not instructing at the community college, her divorce became final, her housing stable, children happy, health maintained, and the community college placed her as the lead instructor. Rebecca thrived, moved forward and graduated successfully from CSBG in the Spring of 2019.

The Success Coach who worked with Rebecca was leaving her position and suggested that Rebecca apply for the job. Rebecca interviewed for the position and proved to be the perfect fit. She worked for several months as a Success Coach for YVEDDI. Unfortunately, for YVEDDI, but great for Rebecca, she proved to herself that she was ready for full time employment and recently obtained a job as Health Coordinator for Forsyth County.

Congratulations on your new job, Rebecca! Great work, YVEDDI! We are grateful for all you do and all the people you help!

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