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Self-Sufficiency Spotlight: Coastal Community Action, Inc., and Shakoora Miller

Ms. Shakoora Miller became a participant on the CSBG Self-Sufficiency Program on January 9 th, 2018, through the support of Ms. Diane McMillian, Family Development Specialist for Coastal Community Action, Inc.

A mother of two, Ms. Miller is no stranger to Coastal Community Action, Inc. as she has been an active and engaged parent with her children, who both attended the F. R. Danyus Child Development Center in New Bern, NC. Ms. Miller herself was also a Head Start child who attended the Duffyfield Child Development Center in New Bern, NC.

Ms. Miller’s initial contact with the CSBG Self-Sufficiency Program was to obtain assistance with paying for her Cosmetology State Exam, and to obtain her Cosmetology License. As a full-time student, Ms. Miller actively tried to create a better life for herself and her two children, however, she had some hardships along the way that prevented her from having the finances that she needed to make this happen.

Ms. Miller had established goals of obtaining her cosmetology license, debt repayment, credit repair, housing/transportation obtainment, gaining employment full-time in a hair salon, and ultimately, one day owning her own business.