P.A.T.H. Progress During a Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has made pre-existing struggles much more difficult for many people. Lanyea is one of those people, but you’d never know it by talking with her. Lanyea, who would tell you the correct pronunciation of her name is “Lan-YAY!,” needed help from the Michigan Works! Southwest P.A.T.H. program in the past when employment or childcare fell through.

But she never gave up.

Despite the added stress of the pandemic, the single mother of two secured childcare and got a job as a housekeeper toward the end of 2020.

She wasn’t alone in her efforts. During her time in P.A.T.H., she received support from the entire staff, not just her assigned Career Coach Charmelle. Lanyea was able to get help with transportation, resume assistance and clothing purchases.

Her career coach describes Lanyea as, “an all-around pleasant person to work alongside with her quick wit and jokes.” She added that Lanyea, “can smile and laugh through the worst of times, which is very encouraging and a joy to be around!”

And Lanyea seems to feel the same way about her coach.

“Charmelle was awesome, I love Charmelle,” she said. “She’s such a great person; she is such a big help to me. I love talking to her.”

In addition to those services, Lanyea fulfilled her volunteer requirement at the Douglass Community Association, where she was able to help with cleaning and be close to the Alma Powell Branch of the Kalamazoo Public Library, which was beneficial because of Lanyea’s love of reading.

Lanyea’s story is a pretty great example of what someone can do when they really put their mind and effort into it. It’s also a perfect example of what the P.A.T.H. program can do and the dedication of the staff – no matter what is going on in the world, even if it’s a global pandemic, the P.A.T.H. staff will be there for those who need help.

If you or someone you know could benefit from the PATH program, please contact the Michigan Works! Southwest service center nearest you.

P.A.T.H. Progress During