When we met Dixie, she had just lost her job as a child care provider for a family member. Dixie's husband was employed, but their already tight budget would be unable to handle the strain of losing her income while trying to raise their two children. Dixie was being pushed into the workforce — with a 20-year-gap in her resume.
Dixie became our first participant to complete the new Employment Readiness Class. As part of this class, she learned the skills needed to re-enter the workforce. Our case managers were able to help her develop a resume that focused on her skills, rather than her experience. Dixie spent a lot of time with our case managers working hard on getting her resume and interview skills in order. She started to look for a job that would fit her financial needs while balancing the needs of her family.
Dixie showed up at the center the morning of her interview. When we asked her why she was there, she said that she wanted to do one more mock interview so she could have the confidence she needed to nail her real interview.
She blew her interviewers away, and Dixie is now working a job that balances income and family needs, allowing her to be there to pick her children up at school each day.
Dixie is proof that with just a little guidance and a helping hand, you too can be successful.