Angela was referral from BCHIP clinic in May 2010. Angela suffers from Lupus and was at the clinic because her benefits were cut when she lost her job as a Leasing agent. Angela is a single mom to 4 children. She was just getting out of 15 year relationship and she was set to start school at BCCC that fall for Elem Education. Angela enrolled in the EARN (Employment, Advancement and Retention Network) program through Workforce Investment Act she knew she would need some financial assistance if she was going to make her dream come true to be an Elementary education Teacher. Angela and Mary Finch, a BCOC Senior Self-Sufficiency Coach, then began working together in the Economic Self-Sufficiency (ES) program.
When Angela and Mary starting working together she had just began working part time at Chick-Fila. This job enabled her to keep her APPLE Daycare while she began her journey of becoming a Teacher. We had many hurdles to cross but Angela pulled all the resources she could find. Food stamps, daycare and applied for all the financial assistance she could through FASFA, PELL Grants and utilized her Earned Income Tax Credit to pay her living expenses. Angela also needed to take out loans and grants to help assist with other expenses. BCOC assisted with household items and gas to get to work and school, and car repairs to ensure her ability to get to work and school. Doing her time at BCCC Angela became employed at Just for Children as a Teacher’s Aide and worked there up until she began her job with the Philadelphia School District in September of this year.
After completing her AA degree in education Angela applied to Temple University where she was accepted into their Early Childhood education program. Angela had a 4.0 going into Temple while at BCCC she made the Dean’s list and was nominated for the Salute to Moms award.
Angela struggled with a chronic illness while juggling a house full of children who kept her on her toes. She continued to work and yet somehow she still managed to stay at the top of her class. She maintained an A average while at Temple where she also made the Dean’s list and gained membership into the Golden key club for excellence in academics.
Angela never changed her course of study while in the ES program she came in that first day we met with her goal of being a school teacher in the Philadelphia School District and she accomplished with Honors.
The next thing on Angela list is home ownership hopefully sometime next year is the time frame and eventually back to school for her Master Degree.