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Meet Sandy

Workforce Challenge

Sandy is a single mother of two children under five years of age. After losing her job, she and her family became homeless just before Thanksgiving. With few resources, no home, and no transportation, Sandy applied for Temporary Cash Assistance where she was referred to Southwest Florida Works to begin receiving services.

Workforce Solution

Working with her career counselor, Sandy cheerfully complied with program requirements, located temporary housing and took finding employment seriously. Southwest Florida Works and its partner program, Dress for Success, provides unemployed women with workshops designed to increase self-esteem and self-confidence while increasing employability skills. The Center's Resume Workshop helps participants build their resume. As a participant, Sandy was "suited" in professional attire and embarked on her next challenge: interviewing. Because of her lack of transportation, Sandy limited her job searches to businesses & child care accessible along the transit lines. The help she'd received made her feel empowered, and Sandy set forth to accomplish her goals.

Outcomes & Benefits

Sandy's newfound self-esteem came through during an interview which resulted in an on-the-spot job offer. She was ecstatic and accepted the entry level position, knowing she could go further if she got the chance. Sandy committed to saving as much money as she could in order to secure housing; her goal was realized when she signed a lease and was given the keys to her new apartment. Sandy is grateful for the second chance she received and said "It works, if you work it!"


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