Brenda achieved her goal to attend college, but it was a short stay. She had to return home to help take care of other children.
She eventually landed a job in the banking industry where she stayed for 25 years. In 2008, she fulfilled her plan to return to college and earned her Bachelor Degree .
Then the recession hit. Brenda lost her job and eventually had to declare bankruptcy when her youngest son needed cancer treatment. A cancer survivor herself, she lost all her savings, including her retirement fund that she had worked so hard for.
In 2012, she was referred to Dress for Success by Goodwill Industries for an Interview Suiting. Her Style Consultant told her about the continuum of services available to her and gave her information on programs including mock interviews, one-on-one coaching, resume and cover letter workshops. She took full advantage of these services and secured a full-time position with benefits at the NC Dept. of Commerce. Ironically, Brenda is helping others to file unemployment claims.
And she’s good at what she does. She credits the coaching she received at Dress for Success for her customer service evaluation scores which have never been lower than 99%.
Brenda also qualified for our Financial Literacy Program. It has empowered her to take steps to re-build her savings and once again think about retirement.
And she credits her membership in the Professional Women’s Group Program for helping her to discover and strengthen her leadership skills.