I lost my mom when I was 17. I managed to at least graduate from high school living
on my own. But my older brother introduced me to drugs. I was in and out of jail
starting at 18 because of criminal acts and abusive relationships. For 16 years
I felt alone. I was distant from my family because of my drug use.
I was married in 2004. My husband had melanoma cancer and it was his dying wish
to be married. We were only married 3 months when he died. Other than losing my
mother that was the most painful thing I had ever been through. After he passed
away, I was working as a personal care provider but that wasn’t enough money to
pay the bills. So I started selling crack cocaine. In 2005 I was arrested and went
back to jail.
A year ago, I completed probation. I never really had figured out what I wanted
to do with my life. I didn’t have any goals. I became pregnant with my first child.
I was 37. I decided I needed to be a mother and to find a career that would support
me and my son. I didn’t want to be a mother on welfare.
My son was 3 weeks old when I applied for the Bean Project in February of 2008.
They called me in July to come in for an interview. I finally figured out that there
was a chance for me to have work skills and a goal for long term employment.
After the interview I was on pins and needles. I didn’t wait to be called, I called
the Bean Project the next day! I was so excited when they said, yes you are hired.
I hadn’t worked for 3 years.
I came and was willing to learn all the skills and the production line because I
was so eager to have a job. I’ve learned you have to be organized in your life.
You have to have a schedule and you have to be compatible. The Women’s Bean Project
is a wonderful opportunity for women to learn skills, stability and flexibility.
I feel extremely lucky to be a part of the program.
When I leave the Bean Project, I would like to pursue a career in the grocery business.
I worked at King Soopers years ago and had a great experience. I would also like
to get my CNA license because I have a passion for helping people. And may some
day get a CDL and drive a truck.
My family is back in my life. My sister is more accepting of me now that I am clean
and sober. And of course they love my son. I want to thank my coworkers here, the
staff and the organization. I wish we could open a bigger facility for more women
to have an opportunity to be a part of Women’s Bean Project and gain all of the
knowledge and skills that I have been able to receive.
I thank the Women’s Bean Project for giving me an opportunity!
Women's Bean Project