We would like to give a very warm welcome to Bucks County Opportunity Council Economic Self-Sufficiency Program participant, Jennifer*, who just moved into her new home! BCOC has been working with Jennifer in hopes of helping her achieve her goal to become a nurse. She has always wanted to work in the medical field and is pursuing a career in nursing so she can raise her three young children as a single mother.
Jennifer was previously living in a house with her children. After the hurricane in October hit, the house was left damaged and not in the best living conditions. Jennifer felt it was necessary to look for a safer home and live independently. It is also important that she lives in a stress-free environment to meet the high demands of nursing school.
At the end of this year, Jennifer located a three-bedroom house, perfect for her family. The area was in a convenient location, close to her children’s school and Bucks County Community College, where she plans to attend nursing school this summer. When Jennifer was having trouble finding people to help her move, BCOC stepped in to provide help and assistance!
In no time, our Volunteer and Community Connections Manager, Eileen, had a line-up of volunteers ready to help! One of our long-time volunteers at BCOC was there to lend a helping hand. Students from the Bucks County Intermediate Unit #22 W.O.W. Program also joined our moving crew. The W.O.W. Program—“We’re Outstanding Workers”, is composed of 18-21 year olds who have finished their high school requirements and are now receiving further help transitioning into adult responsibilities in a workplace setting. The students operate four businesses and learn essential skills such as: planning, time management, following directions, clerical and banking skills, and social interaction. Four students from W.O.W. came on Jennifer’s moving day to help make the process run smoothly!
The Lenape Valley Foundation, a nonprofit organization in Bucks County, was incredibly generous and donated a U-Haul for the day. With the huge truck, it was easy to transport all of Jennifer’s belongings and her furniture. Within a few hours, we had moved everything from one house to the other! Talk about team work!
The community really came together to make this wonderful opportunity a reality for Jennifer and her children. Seeing the assembly line of students and volunteers transferring boxes from the U-Haul up the stairs to the house was amazing. It is great to see how giving our Bucks County community is and how quickly they step in to help where they can.
It was visible on Jennifer’s face how much she appreciated the help she received. She said, “You don’t know how much this means to me!” It was so crucial for her to have a safe environment in which her kids could grow up, and now she has a great place to study for her nursing degree. She is now settled in and the kids’ rooms are all set up. Jennifer received a wonderful score on her nurse entrance exam and is beginning her job search for a nurse aide position. Congratulations to Jennifer and her children on their new home!
*Name has been changed.