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Lillian in Assets Finds Work, Home and Hope

Lillian had been homeless for twelve years when she arrived at DECSA exhausted and discouraged. She was facing mental and emotional health challenges, and she was more than ready to find some stability. “I was broken, and I was trying to hide it, but I felt like I wasn’t worth anything,” she says.

Through our Assets for Success program, Lillian started to find her feet again. “Everyone at DECSA believed in me. They kept telling me I deserved something better, and I could get there.” The Assets team worked with her to gain several certificates and credentials that would show employers her credibility and open doors for Lillianconsistent work. She completed training in First Aid/CPR, ProServe, construction safety, Workplace Hazardous Materials, Medical Administration, and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills.

Then, with guidance from the Assets team, she found work as a Personal Care Aide in a group home for children, so now she is using her skills and strengths to serve kids who face challenges.

Lillian received the financial aid she needed to rent an apartment, and she has been able to furnish it through donations from one of DECSA’s connections. Now Lillian is settling into her new life.

“I get up in the morning, and I look out my window, and I’m facing a lake! Last year I was homeless. Now I am in awe, and I’ll be grateful forever to DECSA because I’d lost hope in myself and they kept telling me I could get on my feet again. They believed in me, and I feel like they gave me back myself.”

We are so proud of Lillian, who has showed herself to be brave, determined, hard-working, and very capable. Congratulations, Lillian!

Assets Update!

There has been very exciting progress for both the Assets for Success program staff and our participants alike!  The program has completed the first round of Life Skills workshops and currently entering Career Planning. Our next orientation is May 5, 2014 at 10AM; please call our Intake Line for information and registration (780) 474-2500 Ext: 604.

The Assets for Success team has invited Glynnis A. Lieb Ph.D to come to give a presentation on Mental Health and Addiction.  Glynnis is the Executive Director of The Lieutenant Governor’s Circle on Mental Health and Addiction, and will be joining us on May 13th from 1:00 pm to 3:15 pm . She will be bringing a co-speaker with lived experience to share their story with us regarding their challenges and their journey to success.

There will also be another guest speaker coming to DECSA in the month of May. Gwen Villebrun, M.Sc, is a registered pychologist, who will be delivering a workshop on “Healthy “Relationships”. The workshop will take place on May 8th 2014 from 1:15 pm until 3:15 pm.

Nothing is impossible.  Even the word itself says “I’m Possible” (Audrey Hepburn)


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