Mona H. came to us in March 2019. At that time, she had arrived from Virginia and stated that she was interested in pursuing a Nurse Assistant certification. She already had her CNA certification and was pursuing her RN certification in Virginia. Although she had worked in the medical field, it was clearly not her passion. After speaking with her success coach, she decided to switch her focus to take the CDL certification, which has historically not been a female career track. In the past, she took/passed the CDL Class A, but it expired. She worked for several years driving over the road, and wanted to reinstate her passion for driving. While she waited to begin the certification classes, she obtained a job with a car rental company. Obtaining this CDL certification would also allow her to advance on her current job as a driver at the Charlotte Douglas Airport.
Even while living at the Salvation Army Center of Hope Women’s shelter, Mona maintained her focus on her goal; to get the CDL training and license. She has attempted numerous times to find alternate housing, however the spots are few and far between to find. Life has not been great for Mona, but with much persistence and tenacity, she has stayed on track with schooling.
Mona is knocking down her barriers, one at a time. She got her Alabama license switched over to North Carolina’s to qualify for the CDL permit. She has become a beacon of success for the agency, every time she completes a goal. On Friday, November 8th she received her CDL Class A permit, passing the test with flying colors. This landmark achievement will allow her to apply for better jobs in the field she chose, which will lead to better housing and eventually her own vehicle.