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Northeast Michigan Consortium Michigan Works!

Meet Mandy

Workforce Challenge

Mandy came to Michigan Works! as a single mother with no GED, no driver’s license, no means of transportation, and no job. She had previously been supported by her son’s dad, but when he went to prison, she found herself needing help to support her family.

Workforce Solution

She began AEP/PATH and support services in February 2016, working with Jessie, an Older Youth Case Manager. Jessie was able to help Mandy with GED testing fees, tutoring, assistance paying for her work uniform, mileage reimbursement, and additional employment services. With the help of Michigan Works!, Mandy was able to obtain her GED, her driver’s license, and secure her own transportation. She is now employed with Michigan Premiere Healthcare as a Home Health Aid and has been able to get off of cash assistance.

Outcomes & Benefits

Mandy now works 30-40 hours per week, though she is still a participant in supportive services with Michigan Works! Her continuing goals are to be self-sufficient and stable, so that she doesn’t have to depend on anyone to support her or her boys. Through this experience Mandy learned that only you can be responsible for your future.

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