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.