Nicole has resided at Sharswood Townhouses in North Philadelphia since 2006. The 32-year-old is responsible for supporting two children and a disabled mother with mental health issues. During the economic recession, she was laid off from her job. Nicole viewed this temporary unemployment as an opportunity to improve her life and return to school. Although she was committed to continuing her education, she faced several very serious barriers: her mother needed more hands-on care, her children required afterschool care, and now unemployed, Nicole lacked the ability to finance the cost of an education. She discussed these obstacles with Better Tomorrows staff. Together, they developed a plan to make an advanced degree possible for Nicole.
Better Tomorrows, through its scholarship assistance program, helped Nicole build her resume, strengthen her personal statements, and research and apply to various scholarship funds. Because of this assistance, Nicole was ultimately awarded several scholarships. Suddenly, an education became a realistic possibility. Nicole and the Better Tomorrows staff continued to work together, nailing out details for potential after school care for her children and exploring potential services for her mother. Nicole’s children happily enrolled in the Better Tomorrows Afterschool Enrichment Program. Better Tomorrows was able to help Nicole find viable service options for her mother. With all her worries satisfied, Nicole enrolled in the Roxborough School of Nursing. She graduated in May 2013 as a registered nurse. Better Tomorrows employment counseling provided Nicole with access to networking and career opportunities. With these resources, she was able to secure meaningful employment as a psychiatric nurse at a behavioral health facility.
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