July1, 2011 - June 30, 2012
Client Success Stories
Brittany came to RVR with multiple barriers. A 10th grade dropout, she was single with two young sons and very little family support. Brittany had a poor work history, having had relied on public assistance much of her young adult life. She had no license, no job, no education and her entry test scores to our program were barely adequate. Transportation and child care were huge barriers to this young lady – if the children’s father wasn’t available to provide child care, Brittany was unable to attend daily classes. But she persevered, sought out tutors and extra help from our Washington Township instructors, and over the course of three cohorts she managed to steadily raise her math, reading and language scores. Brittany is currently studying at Ivy Tech where she is majoring in human services. She is scheduled to begin a work-study job at Indianapolis Metropolitan High School this fall as a tutor.
Nathan came to RVR as a 21 year old who had dropped out of school in the 8th grade due to family issues. Nathan has always had a passion for reading. His appetite for reading kept his mind sharp and ultimately helped him to successfully complete the program. Nathan earned an Honors GED which automatically qualifies him for a $1,500 scholarship. He recently took the SAT exam and scored a total of 1900. Nathan also recently completed an information technology course during the 2012 YWI summer program. Nathan’s instructors report that he is one of a handful of students that will take the CompTIA certification exam later this summer. Nathan will begin coursework at the University of Indianapolis this fall.
Jenny said the social camouflage of high school was too much for her. Her addiction for skipping classes rolled into an even more serious one - Southeastern Indiana’s number one drug addiction, Methamphetamine. By the time Jenny was 20, she was involved in an abusive relationship, pregnant and homeless. Jenny decided to begin the long process of turning her life around after she received a phone call from Indiana Child Protective Services that one of her children’s fathers had been arrested for the murder of his girlfriend’s one year old son, and that Jenny’s child witnessed the attack. Jenny spent the next six months enrolled in counseling, drug rehab and thoughts of drug free, mothering and employment were an incentive that she chose. Jenny was referred to RVR by the Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Program. With the help and guidance of RVR staff, Jenny obtained employment in the food and beverage industry. Her employer describes her as “an exceptional employee.”
"I cannot begin to tell you how much you have helped me grow as a person. I was so lost when I first came into your office. I didn’t think I would ever feel as good as I do right now. Thank you so much for taking the time to give me a healthy support line so that I could look for work and the encouragement every time I called to go and put in one more application. You listened to me about my problems. You helped me with daycare when I found a job and mostly you told me something good would come and it did. I will keep in touch and let you know how things are."