“I had a strong interest in the medical field and decided I wanted to pursue certification as a nurse’s assistant.”
I moved away from home to separate myself from the tempting and addictive influences that existed there. I desperately wanted to be happy. A kind member of my church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, let me stay in her home. I wanted to help by paying for my share of the expenses, but finding a job became a serious challenge. I had my GED and had taken one semester of classes at a community college, but I didn’t have prior work experience, nor did I have transportation. My bishop referred me to Deseret Industries.
I worked closely with both my development specialist and my bishop for guidance and direction. I had a strong interest in the medical field and decided I wanted to pursue certification as a nurse’s assistant. My development specialist suggested I consider volunteering at a nursing home that was within walking distance from home. This got my foot in the door and I was offered a job in housekeeping with the promise of a CNA position once I passed the certification exam. DI paid for the cost of the course, supplies, and fees for certification. Then, my development specialist and ward members helped me study for the exam.
My bishop continues to counsel me on how I might successfully avoid addiction, contribute toward my own expenses, and save for additional education. I wish to express my appreciation for everyone who has helped me. This program is a blessing from God, and I am happy.
“I wanted to help by paying for my share of the expenses, but finding a job became a serious challenge.”
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