It took Delores a long time to pull herself out of poverty. As a single mother of five children in Bryan, Texas, she couldn’t find a job and was barely able to feed and clothe her family. She relied on housing assistance, food stamps, Medicaid, and other family members to survive.
Once she found a local program that empowers Bryan residents to find well-paying jobs, save for a down payment on a house, and get a college degree, she was able to find and keep a full-time job. She quickly started making more money, and soon she didn’t need food stamps. She now owns a home in Bryan and has been promoted to a manager position at her job. She is enrolled in online classes and working toward a bachelor’s degree in psychology.