Center for Working Families Success: Charlene



Charlene, a single mother of three, first came to FFR in need of assistance with her utility bill just as school began in September. Struggling with a lack of education, work history and with food insecurity, FFR first made sure the lights stayed on before educating her on new options available that could change the course of her family’s future forever. She was the first Center for Working Families participant, and the first graduate.

Three months later, Charlene was enrolled at Greenville Tech. While studying to become a Patient Care Technician, CWF provided financial counseling, résumé development and interview skills techniques. Charlene graduated and is currently working in the pulmonary ward at Greenville Hospital. In less than one year, she went from struggling to keep the lights on to a career in healthcare and the ability to support her family. She is now surrounded by professionals that will help to further change her view on what the future holds.

Center for Working Families Success: Shandy



A single mother of one, Shandy came to FFR regularly in need of food and housing assistance. Her barriers to success included a lack of adequate education, poor work history, food insecurity and housing concerns. Beyond this, she has a disability which requires regular blood transfusions, though this is not something she felt should prevent her from providing for her son. After counseling from FFR and Greenville Tech staff, she determined that working in the medical field as a  professional coder would not only be rewarding, but would be a career she could succeed in despite her disability.

Shandy has completed all soft skills work in the CWF, her coursework at Greenville Tech and is now a Certified Professional Coder Apprentice. Her own doctor is so impressed with her that he is also working with her to attain employment, and she has begun the application process. Shandy is an excellent example of a person that, though fighting a disability, found a field that she could succeed in and will provide for her family. Not only is her future bright because of her hard work, but her son’s is as well.