Dedication, Hard Work and a Bit of Computer Training Too
If 2020 has taught us anything, it is how to adapt.
Jacqueline Wells quickly found out she could no longer perform the required tasks of her housekeeping job after experiencing a workplace injury. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and hiring stopped. To top things off, she experienced another injury to her ankle. Her need for assistance became clear, and she was directed to the Michigan Works! Southwest Partnership. Accountability. Training. Hope. (PATH) program.
The primary goal of PATH is to identify barriers and help individuals connect to the resources they need to obtain employment. From childcare to transportation and literacy, there is a slew of barriers that can keep families from achieving self-sufficiency. PATH participants take part in a robust, results-oriented work participation program featuring a 21-day assessment period during which barriers to employment are identified and caseworkers work individually with clients to connect them with resources to address these barriers.
Wells, a single mother, admitted she wasn’t very technology-savvy, so when seemingly all of life suddenly moved online because of the pandemic, getting help appeared daunting. Wells confided in her career coach, Christina Wyrick, explaining she wasn’t proficient in using computers, but that didn’t slow either of them down.
“We will do this together; we will learn together,” her coach encouraged her.
In addition to receiving assistance with TuaPath, a digital platform that promotes the success of employment outcomes, Wells also revived her resume and got assistance with her Pure Michigan Talent Connect account. Wells says her daughter was key in helping her early on.
“[My daughter has] been a big help to me too,” Wells said. “She helped me get through the first couple of days, and she was helping me get around too. Now she’s even cooking dinner for me!”
All of the hard work and support paid off as Wells secured employment working in Environmental Services at Bronson Battle Creek Hospital in November 2020. PATH even helped Wells purchase work uniforms.
Wells said she is thankful for her coaches assisting her and guiding her through the PATH program, but acknowledges how far her dedication and hard work took her too,
“[My coaches] knew I was looking [for work], and I was pushing myself,” Wells said. “I set a goal, and I push myself.”
Wells lives within walking distance of the hospital, which gives her the great opportunity of covering shifts, she explained. Wells reported loving her new job so far; she just needs to get used to the hospital’s computer system!
If you or someone you know could benefit from the PATH program, please contact the Michigan Works! Southwest service center nearest you.