Hannah first began meeting with her Immediate Needs Program Manager at the Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh in 2017 after leaving her abusive husband. From their first meeting, Ms. Moon made goals for herself, goals like finding housing that allowed her son to stay in the same school district and filing a PFA order that would keep her and her son safe. Once these goals were obtained, she promptly began setting new goals. One goal was to return to school to further her education to become a nurse. Ms. Moon felt this would provide her well-paying career to provide for her and her son. Ms. Moon the best and most affordable way to achieve this goal and enrolled at Community College of Allegheny Co. With the assistance of her Program Manager, Ms. Moon began to apply for scholarships. She applied for and received $2,769 from the Bartko Foundation to cover the cost of her tuition for one semester. This assistance gave Ms. Moon the freedom of less financial stress and the ability to dedicate more time to education and pursing her dream. Ms. Moon is doing well in school with assistance from additional scholarships, continues to set new goals for herself, and works full-time at the East End Cooperative Ministry as the Sew Forward Manager, training members of the community technical sewing skills and helping them to acquire employment with that field.
– Jannie’s Sponsoring Agency
Jannie’s primary goal is being the best mother
possible to her daughter Natalie but she is also highly motivated to be
successful in all areas of her life.
She has made positive progress in her self-sufficiency journey after
receiving a grant from the Bartko Foundation to purchase a vehicle. Before this purchase, Jannie would borrow her
mother’s vehicle on occasion and the vehicle had no heat. She was always
concerned about the vehicle becoming disabled with her daughter in the
vehicle. Jannie also owns a small hair
salon in Turtle Creek and because she now owns a vehicle, she is able to work
more hours per week and therefore her income is beginning to increase. Additionally, Jannie’s self-esteem has
increased because she is no longer dependent on someone to provide
transportation for her or Natalie.
Jannie has been through numerous ups and downs and continues to pursue a
better life for herself and for Natalie when others might just want to give up. Currently, Jannie is trying to purchase the
building that houses her salon as the current owner would like to sell the
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