A Mom with Determination
When Dominique arrived at Bethany Hill Place, she was juggling college classes, part-time employment, and single parenthood to her son, Zyaire. She felt challenged by so many demands and was overwhelmed by bad credit that had worsened over the years due to avoidance and fear.
With the help of Assistant Program Director Abbe Cullen, Dominque went through piles of paperwork, followed up with creditors, and after learning much of her outstanding debt was covered by insurance, developed a long-term plan for successfully resolving her financial issues.
She also attended and loved the organization’s parenting education program and worked with Program Director Courtney McSparron on other personal and educational goals, including getting the funds to address a painful dental problem and purchase a laptop rather than typing college papers on her phone.
Looking back, Dominique identifies the support, encouragement, and constant reminders from staff at Bethany Hill Place as having the greatest impact on her success. “It was so helpful to have them asking about next steps and follow up, though I sometimes would go out the front door to avoid passing their offices!” she said, laughing. She also notes that having a game-plan, being an active participant in programming, and having a community of neighbors and supporters, opened her eyes to new possibilities.
2017 was a big year for Dominique. She graduated from UMASS Lowell with a BA in Sociology and Criminal Justice, and she and Zyaire moved into their own apartment close to his school. In 2019 she landed her dream job, working in criminal justice as a corrections pre-release counselor. With plans to get her Master’s degree in Social Work, we couldn’t be prouder of Dominique for her hard work and incredible achievements.
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