With a love for animals, Cheryl, a participant in Impact’s Employment Services Program, was already volunteering with PAWS when she started her journey with Impact.
Cheryl connected with Lead Employment Specialist, Marian, in March of 2023. Through assessment tools, Marian and Cheryl identified a career avenue that will lead to long-term success—for Cheryl, that means working with animals.
After 17 years of unemployment while focused on managing her bipolar disorder, Cheryl began as a customer service representative at a veterinary clinic. She is flourishing in her new role and continually asked to take on more responsibility. Her contributions are being recognized—she was named employee of the month within her first 6 months at the clinic!
In her free time, Cheryl is pursuing a vet tech degree—she just completed her first semester!
“Marian changed my life forever,” reflected Cheryl.
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I was a college graduate,
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but because of the economy I wasn't making a lot of money,
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so I couldn't afford to live and I had to put everything into storage.
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Psychologically, it does a, a world of things on you.
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We were trying to find housing for me,
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but I needed the other wraparound services,
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one of which is having a a therapist.
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A lot of my participants experience depression.
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Their traumatic experiences has shaped the reality they have now.
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We've been processing a lot of these things in session and I see a lot of
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breakthroughs with Carl
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Impact. Well, it's gotta be my saving grace.
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I had the benefit of having a great support system.
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I didn't have to worry about where I learned rest my head for the night.
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That was literally half the battle.