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The Burris Family

The Burris family originally came into the Washington Co. Neighborhood Service Center to request assistance with an electric disconnect notice. The household is comprised of two adults with minor children. The family was referred by their energy provider. Mrs. Burris was employed part-time up until late spring but was only working on an as needed basis. Although Mr. Burris was working full-time, he was not earning a living wage. Mrs. Burris stated that she was not able to work full time due to being enrolled at Ross Medical Education Center. She was pursuing certification in medical assisting. She feared that she would eventually have to quit the Program due to lack of income in the household. The family barely had enough gas money for Mr. Burris to get back and forth to work not to mention Mrs. Burris going to school. Staff with the Neighborhood Service Center enrolled Mrs. Burris in the Self Sufficiency Program, providing help with gas stipends. During Mrs. Burris’s enrollment in the Program, the family was also evicted from their home. The Self Sufficiency Program also provides additional financial assistance to remove barriers which may impede continued progress in completion of goals, therefore staff were able to assist with first month rent and an apartment deposit at a more affordable residence. As a result of the assistance provided, Mrs. Burris achieved her goal of graduating with her Medical Assistance Certification September 11, 2018 which allowed her to secure full-time employment November 2018. She now earns above minimum wage. Mrs. Burris stated, “I love my new job, all my hard work is paying off!” “Thanks so much for all the help, I’ll continue to refer others to U.E.T.H.D.A.”