Greene Lamp Successes
Mirah Ward Story
Mirah Ward is a 29-year-old mother of 2 children who the WIOA program assisted through the Finish Line Grant Program. Mirah was referred to me in early March by Zomar Peter from Craven Community College. She was enrolled into the Nurse Aide1 program and due to the program requiring that she be a full-time student Mirah had to take a demotion at work and pay cut so she could get her required training hours. Ms. Ward told me that she needed assistance with getting her energy bill paid and up to date, I could tell that she was really motivated to finish school. WIOA paid Mirah’s Duke Energy bill and we also assisted her with the North Carolina State Certification testing which she passed and now has her Nurse Aide1 certification. Mirah is now enrolled into the Nurse Aide2 class and WIOA will be assisting her with tuition, books and supplies for the class.
CSBG Participant Success
I. Hines is a resident of Lenoir County, she entered into the CSBG program in April 2018. She was working two part time home health jobs as a NA I. She was seeking assistance with taking a NA II class. She was already certified in NA I, phlebotomy, and medical billing and coding. She also wanted assistance with finding better employment. She felt that if she became certified as a NA II; this will increase her chances of obtaining better employment and increasing her income. Because she took the NA I class through a fast track course, she was unable to take the NA II class without sitting through a NA I class at the community college. She then chose to take a medication aide class. She passed the class and the state exam to become certified in medication aide. She decided to continue to seek better employment. She was able to obtain a part time position with NC Veterans Home all while still working with a home health agency. During her time in the program, Ms. H’s. vehicle needed repairs but was informed that it would cost around $2000.00 to fix. She requested assistance with a down payment on a new vehicle in an effort to be able to get to work and maintain her jobs. Greene Lamp’s CSBG program assisted her with a medication aide class, the book, and the state exam; as well as the down payment for her new vehicle.
Hurricane Florence Will Not Break Me Down
Alicia Halso Success Story
Alicia Halso working inside a storage shed owned by the Duplin Christian Outreach Ministries in Wallace, NC. You see, even after 9 months from when Hurricane Florence first devastated Eastern Carolina, there still exists a number of people who still require assistance with their recovery. Duplin County is just one such area still with several hundred families displaced due to the devastation to their homes.
Ms. Halso suffered personal loss from Hurricane Florence when her thrift store, Alicia’s Attic located in Chinquapin, NC, was severely damaged and still remains closed. Alicia qualified for employment with the Hurricane Florence Disaster Relief Employment Program. She now works as a Greene Lamp employee for the Duplin Christian Outreach Ministries as a Warehouse Worker, managing an inventory of donated items received and to be distributed to members of the local community who are recovering from Hurricane Florence. Alicia is happy to be working again, and says she particularly likes helping others in need.
CSBG Participant Success
T. Hardy was a Greene County participant and he entered the program in May 2018. At the time of enrollment, he was seeking assistance with completing the AAS Degree in Computer Graphic Design and finding employment. Participant gained full time employment and decided to wait to complete the Computer Graphic Design program. He maintained employment and had income that exceeded the poverty guidelines. After he gained employment, participant requested assistance with obtaining standard housing. Participant located and was improved for an apartment. Greene Lamp’s CSBG program assisted T. H. with job search and referrals. He was also assisted with the deposits to move and furniture for his new apartment.
Congratulations Mr. Hardy