Srinivas Rao, @skooloflife reminds us that “everything that you know how to do today and you do effortlessly, is something that you once didn’t know how to do.” This fairly simple concept is difficult to remember in the heat of adversity. That’s why we’re impressed with FSS Participants like Noelia.
Our Participants are enrolled in:
- English- for speakers of other languages,
- GED Preparation,
- Vocational classes such as Certified Nursing Assistants,
- College-level courses.
And it is not easy for any one of them. For one thing, by definition, if an adult relies on rent subsidies to get by financially, that person is also saddled with a host of life situations which only certain resources can resolve. Clearly, for low-income working families like Noelia and the nation as a whole, income disparity is our biggest hurdle.
The number of households with an unemployed parent rose by a third in just 6 years. And the national income gap has not budged in years, according to @urbaninstitute. (http://www.urban.org) Almost everyone agrees that there are few key issues more critical than putting Americans back to work. According to the Hamilton Project, this problem will most certainly get worse, since even more low earners are in the pipeline.
Noelia and others like her know that the key to a job that sustains the family is more education. More education equates with higher earnings, and the payoff is most notable at the highest educational levels.
We prod and push the remaining two-thirds of our Participants to reach for this goal, reminding them of the heroines and heroes like Noelia who chose this path and stepped along it daily, overcoming sickness, family emergencies, unhelpful employers, and friends and relatives who challenged, “Why? What for?”
When Noelia was asked why she stuck to her goal in spite of setback after setback and years of inching forward towards obtaining her GED, she talked about the skills recommended by anyone who instructs how to overcome self-limiting beliefs. Dan Pasche @Debt_Destruct paraphrased these concepts very well when he wrote, “Fear makes everything seem impossible.”
To a courageous woman like Noelia, steadfastness makes the goal attainable.
PS: Noelia is enrolled at her local community college for the fall of 2013.