The Impact 100 grant has provided SELF with the ability to expand and provide a greater number of Butler County residents with much needed home repairs. Along with this, SELF has been able to double the capacity of the Build-Up Academy program. This program has provided their clients the opportunity to enhance their job skills which increases their ability to build a better life for themselves and their families. SELF continues to celebrate the success of the Build-Up Academy program in assisting clients in advancing their job skills and wage-earning capacity. One of the unexpected successes was being able to assist so many clients who are in recovery programs. In Christina’s class (Build-Up 5) three graduates were recovering addicts; in the class after that (BU-6) 10 out of 14 graduates were in recovery. As her story below indicates, building self-image and confidence is as big a win as actually moving into a construction job.
Excerpts from Christina’s story as reported in SELF’s Impact 100 Final Grant Report:
“Opiate addiction took away my life. So at this time last year I was lost. I had no idea how I was going to repair the damage that had been done. I’m lucky to have the support from my family but they also had no idea how to help me. I had the opportunity to move into a recovery house for women and children. I moved in there on Nov. 1st (2016). This place allowed us to be safe and it gave me the chance to start working on myself.
One of my counselors recommended the Getting Ahead Program through SELF. She said it was an organization that helps low income families, but that’s all she said. I decided to give it a try & this is where…..”
Thanks to SELF for the hope and determination you inspire in people every day!