Sasha's Story

Updated: Dec 13, 2019

Her valuable experience in the College of Hope program.

"The whole class is about changing your perspective on things so that you can stop getting in your way on the path to success."

I am a single mother of a 14-year-old daughter. I have been living with friends and family since I left my ex-husband seven years ago. I’ve been struggling with jobs that I think are going somewhere, only to end up nowhere, finding it more difficult to find work with reasonable pay. I thought after years of working in customer service call centers that I was ready for a management position. What I saw is that I can’t even get an entry-level position because my experience doesn’t account for not having more than a high school diploma. I was feeling hopeless, worthless, and like an inadequate mother for my daughter.

One day I was in a WorkFirst class when the Education Coordinator from Housing Hope presented an opportunity to people in my situation called EduPloyment. It combines education and hands-on work experience. With no other options, how could I refuse? I tried my best to fake confidence that the program would pay off. I had no reason to believe that things would be different and that I could succeed in school. I was feeling unprepared until they told me a part of the requirements to join the program is to complete a two-week life skills class called Solid Foundations through College of Hope at Edmonds Community College.

Upon starting the class, I didn’t know what to expect. The whole class is about changing your perspective on things so that you can stop getting in your way on the path to success. I learned how to manage my time, money, and how to prepare for education and employment endeavors. It was life-changing for me. I exited the class feeling not only prepared and hopeful for my college experience, but excited and full of an overwhelming sense that there are hundreds of employment opportunities for me. I went from feeling like there is no hope and no way out of poverty to knowing that there is a way, and not only can I do it, but I will do it; my dreams are attainable, and I will obtain them.

I strongly encourage anyone who feels like there is no hope for their future or no way out of their current situation to take this class. It is a life-changing course and I would suggest it to anyone. A bright future exists for me now, and I am extremely happy as I work to achieve my financial and career goals. I couldn’t have done any of it without these programs.”

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