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Meet Chelsea

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Workforce Challenge

Chelsea Abrams was a single mom to an infant son, whose dad was in jail. She was in the process of getting a divorce and lived with her grandma, who helped out with babysitting. Chelsea had been trying to find daycare, but with the limited licensed daycares in the area, that had been a struggle. With no job, no home, a new baby, a husband in jail, a pending divorce, and little support, Chelsea felt she had hit rock bottom.

Workforce Solution

Chelsea came to Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium for her PATH orientation. Miki, a Career Advisor, started working on her barriers right away. Chelsea was given bus tickets to get to and from class and received help researching daycare providers in the area. She began creating a resume, filled out job applications, and practiced her interview skills. Within a couple of weeks Chelsea found a part-time job at Fernelius Toyota, working as a lot attendant and doing some light office duties. A week later she found another part-time job working as a hostess for the Step Inn Restaurant. She is currently working 30+ hours between both jobs.

Outcomes & Benefits

Thanks to the assistance Michigan Works! was able to provide (necessary work clothing, bus tickets, car purchase and car insurance, along with all of the job readiness preparation) and the cash and food assistance she received from DHHS, Chelsea is getting back on her feet.
She said, "Because of Michigan Works, I've been able to get back on my feet and start over. They taught me how to look for work and follow up with employers. If it wasn't for Michigan Works!, I don't know where I would be."

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