A Sparkling Light (cont.)
The Strong Families Fund, made possible by a grant from The Fred B. Jones Special Fund at the Chicago Community Trust, allows the nursery to grant funds to families who have used our services over the past year.
Each family attends a mandatory budgeting seminar/information session and fills out an application. Diamonds applied for grant money to use toward her education. She was awarded the $350 registration fee to enroll in a Certified Nursing Assistant program.
Diamonds began using the nursery so that she could work two jobs to make ends meet and achieve her goal of going back to school. While attending all of her classes for her CNA program, Diamonds drove for Lyft, which offered flexibility. She also balanced taking care of her little girl and staying up late to complete all her homework on time. She thrived in her program and reported getting straight A’s on her assignments. She always paid her weekly tuition on time and applied for one more grant to go toward her tuition.
Diamonds will do whatever is necessary to make sure that her daughter is happy and well-cared for. She wants to further her education and go on to nursing school. We are here to help her achieve her goals!
The Strong Families Fund helps our parents succeed and grow in new and positive directions. Diamonds’s story is just one example of how the Crisis Nursery helps parents to dream big and achieve their goals toward long-term stability.