Resident Success Stories
Jessica Tate, ROSS Participant
Jessica graduated from Together We Bake.
After attending a Together We Bake Information Meeting, I enrolled in the Fall Session. One significant accomplishment is that I managed to get my depression under control with the motivational classes they held. In addition, I learned how to bake granola, cookies, & apple chips.
"I finished the 8-week program strong, with a different mentality. I AM AN EMPOWERED WOMAN! I am a better mother, daughter, and friend. I made and graduated with 9 new friends, passed my ServSafe exam (which led to my Food Managers license). There was an evident boost in my self- confidence and I gained more motivation and life skills than you can imagine."
Hiwot Mekonen, James Bland V Supportive Services Program Participant
Hiwot is a single mother who worked for the past two years as a nurse assistant while she attended university to earn a degree as an x-ray technician. she completed her degree and also passed the state board exam on her first try and is now working as an x-ray technician.
Janeka Cogdell, James Bland V Supportive Services Program Participant
Janeka is an advocate for residents and an active member of the Resident Association Council, is determined to succeed in her many endeavors. She enrolled in the Together We Bake Program and earned a Virginia State Food Handler’s License.
Dawit Tekle, James Bland V Supportive Services Program Participant
Dawit immigrated here from Ethiopia and drove a taxi for many years. He was very frustrated and wanted to improve his income for his family. He enrolled in a HVAC training program for six months and graduated. He is now a Certified HVAC Technician Assistant.