Moffat County United Way congratulates Bridges Out of Poverty graduates
Craig — Moffat County United Way held a graduation ceremony for its 14 graduates of the Bridges Out of Poverty: Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin’ By World program Tuesday night.
Participants in the program said it helped them realize what kinds of helpful resources are available in the Craig community.
“I learned how to take steps to change my life and get out of poverty,” graduate Jazzmin Sevenski said. “It’s great because I learned a lot about the community.”
Andrea Carney, whose son has epilepsy and severe sleep apnea, said the program helped her find resources that help them with travel costs and other expenses related to her son’s conditions.
Carney also said she fell ill and had to stay at home, which led her into poverty.
The program “really showed me how I can get back on track,” Carney said.
The 12 other graduates include: Geraldine Collins, Marla Harris, Rebecca Mack, Andrew Mance, Adam Mercier, Luke More, Mariahastar Morningstar, Shalisa Sickler, Sheron Stiffler, Stacy Strang, Lesley Woolery and Maryanna Younger.
The program consists of 18 classes and runs for nine weeks, with two classes each week. Child care and dinner are provided for participants.
Fifteen spots are available in the class, and Moffat County United Way Community Impact Coordinator Amanda Arnold said they currently are accepting applications for the next nine-week class.
Arnold said participants should have a desire for and be ready for change.
After congratulating the graduates, Collins gave Arnold a tearful thank you and a card from the group.
Arnold she said she is excited to see the graduates take the next steps in their lives.
“We build a bond and really get to know each other,” Arnold said as she accepted the card and wiped tears away from her eyes.