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SCAP success story: FESS is key to young mother’s employment accomplishments

Since enrolling in Southeastern Community Action Partnership’s (SCAP) Family Empowerment Self-Sufficiency (FESS) program in 2020, Ms. Jestine Davis, a Hoke County mother of one, has been active. She has attended financial workshops, completed ACT Work Keys National Career Readiness, and utilized the program’s education support to complete a notary course at Richmond Community College.

Despite her accomplishments and her diligent job searches, Ms. Davis could not find employment. While she could have given up, defeated. With perseverance and determination, she pushed on. Through comprehensive case management through the FESS program, Ms. Davis received employment support, including interview clothing. After interviewing, she received a job offer as a career coach for a local college. The following day, Ms. Davis emailed her case manager and reported good news. With Ms. Davis’ permission, we share the following excerpt from her email.

I hope this email finds you well. I just wanted to reach out and thank you again for the clothes you provided yesterday. I am so overwhelmed with gratitude because they were something that I truly needed in this transitional period in my life. I am happy to report, however, that the clothes are not Interview clothes. Instead, they are actual Work Clothes!!!!!!!!! I was offered the career coach position. I am super excited about this opportunity, and I cannot thank you enough for giving me the guidance, motivation, and assistance I needed to stay on track and in the race. Even upon speaking with you yesterday, your words filled me up and gave me the strength to keep pushing forward. Thank you so much for all that you do! You and the entire staff at SCAP are truly God-sent and I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.”

Ms. Davis, the entire staff at Southeastern Community Action Partnership, Community Services Block Grant Program—Family Empowerment Self-Sufficiency, congratulate you on your new position as a Career Coach at a local college. We wish you much success!

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