Last summer I moved my three young children to Ithaca from Milwaukee to escape an abusive environment. I always had a strong work ethic—I’m used to working two jobs at a time—but starting over in a brand new place meant that I needed some help connecting with local employment opportunities. The Department of Social Services referred me to Challenge Workforce Solutions to participate in Job Club—a six-week program of career exploration and job search assistance. At the end of the program, I landed a hosting position at Monk’s, a cocktail bar on the Commons. I love my job and my coworkers, and my kids are settling in great, too—we even got to take a trip to Disney’s Animal Kingdom this summer!
There is a way to support survivors of abuse, the United Way.
Because of UWTC funding, Tanisha was able to relocate her family to the safety of a new community.
Some names and identifying details have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals.