I am Women’s Bean Project: Lorraine

Prior to coming to the Women’s Bean Project I couldn’t keep a job because of my addictions to drugs and alcohol. This served as a barrier to me gaining stable employment, along with not having a stable place to live and my constant search for happiness.

At the Bean Project I was able to talk about my feelings and felt empowered through the opportunities I had to share my story. I gained a lot of self-esteem and learned patience in the workplace. I think that this is an excellent place for women when helping them to get on their feet and grow. For me, the most important program was GED and working on furthering my education, which has been a barrier for me in obtaining employment in the past.

I am excited to graduate from Women’s Bean Project because it is a way for me to know I have achieved something and that I can go on to bigger and better things in life.

I hope to become employed at Goodwill and rent a house so that my grandson has a place to run around and grow. My completion of this program won’t only benefit me, but it will benefit my grandson as well.

This program has allowed me to provide my grandson with basic necessities and to teach him necessary life skills. He is my number one motivator in life.

Everything that I’ve learned and forming positive relationships at the Bean Project has motivated me to do what I want to do.

~Lorraine, 2015-16 Program Graduate

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