Working to Make a Better Life
Nashira Johnson arrived in Indianapolis with little more than the clothes on her back and two children by her side. "I left a bad situation in Erie, Pennsylvania, she said. "I had some family here, but they really weren’t much help. We were homeless for a while."
Today, Nashira is living in her own apartment, gainfully employed, and motivated to succeed — thanks in part to the help she received through the Centers for Working Families (CWF) at the John H. Boner Center: a neighborhood-based, one-stop resource center supported by LISC to assist low-income, working families. CWFs link families to employment opportunities, income and work supports, financial coaching, and other services designed to help them advance economically and succeed in life.
Nashira received training in food service through Second Helpings’ intensive job training program and found a good job at the Julian Center. She’s worked with CWF to get on her feet and continues to advance. "They helped me find an apartment and paid my first month’s rent. They helped with my resume and my job search. I got bus passes, so I had transportation. AroundThanksgiving and Christmas, the support was just amazing. I can’t think of a way they haven’t helped me."
More important, Nashira received financial coaching at CWF to help her not only get on her feet, but keep moving ahead. And Nashira has larger goals, as well. "I’m saving up to buy a house," she said. "I’m looking to make a career for myself. It’s hard, but I’m willing to work hard."
What sort of advice would Nashira give to people who want to advance economically? "I’d tell them to call the Centers for Working Families if they needed any kind of help, or even just advice. It’s a really good program," she said. "I don’t know what I would have done without them."