However, Gabriela’s education took a back seat so her kids could go to school.
While waiting for the right time to follow her dreams, Gabriela completed Kitchen Divas with chef Angela Shelf Medearis, where she received her Food Handler’s License.
She also participated in Austin Area Urban League’s Pathway To Careers program, where she was offered weekend CNA classes.
The opportunity allowed her to take her kids to school during the week, and study at night and on the weekends.
“I can provide a better future for my beautiful family and myself,” Gabriela said. “I hope that I’ll be able to support and encourage others as HACA has supported and encouraged me.”
Gabriela earned her CNA certificate, and she plans to continue her studies with the Goodwill Career and Technical Academy to get certified in phlebotomy and acute care.
“Thank you HACA, Jobs Plus, and all the partners for opening my eyes to new stages of opportunity and strength,” Gabriela said.
Jobs Plus ATX is a workforce development program open to BTW and Chalmers Courts residents. The Jobs Plus Earned Income Disregard incentive guarantees Jobs Plus members’ rents will not increase because of an increase in earned income.
The current employment rate of work-able adults at BTW and Chalmers courts is more than 58 percent. The average yearly earnings of work-able adults at these two properties has increased from about $10,000 to more than $16,000 since Jobs Plus ATX was established in July 2016.
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