• Curtis

    When Curtis was laid off, he turned to the YWCA for help gaining new credentials and finding a new career path. Watch Video
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  • Ihesha

    Earning close to minimum wage for all of her working life, Ihesha never thought she could do more. With help from our YW Jobs program, she landed a new job and has nearly doubled her income. Watch Video
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  • Eritrea

    As a participant in the YWCA's Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Training Program, Eritrea gained new skills and navigated a changing job market with grace and tenacity. Watch Video
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  • Takeysha

    Takeysha never expected to be homeless or raising her kids alone. The Transitional Housing Program and YW Works helped her to gain skills, recognize her potential and chart a course for a great future! Watch Video
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Precious

Making a Fresh Start

At 24, Precious courageously ended an unhealthy relationship with her boyfriend knowing a brighter future lay ahead. “I felt so free once I left him. I felt like a bird,” she explained. “I was ready to start over and make a new life for me and my daughters.”

On her own and without a job, Precious joined YW Works (YWW), where a case manager helped her to enroll in school and start down a positive path. After being accepted into a community health worker program, YWW connected Precious to some part-time positions where she gained valuable work experience as she pursued her education.

After a year at the YWCA, Precious received her Nursing Assistant Certificate from Minneapolis Community & Technical College and landed work as a personal care attendant. “The staff at the YWCA gave me confidence and encouragement,” she said. “Without YW Works, I would be in a different place.”

“Without YW Works, I would be in a different place.”