Leslie came to Hope for Single Moms January 2017. She just found out she was pregnant. Her current job barely paid the bills. How could she afford a baby?
A former high school teacher told Leslie about us. The first time we met, she was experiencing first trimester morning sickness and was tired, but we knew she had the foresight and motivation to provide for her baby.
Leslie began her education in medical coding and billing in February 2017. Her son, Lincoln, was born June 26, 2017. Becoming a first-time parent is hard. But being a student parent is even harder. During her week off, Leslie not only cared for her newborn son but kept up with her schoolwork and took several tests on the following Monday when she returned to school.
She continued to get all A’s, took her certification test and graduated in August 2017. Leslie’s financial support team celebrated her achievement with a graduation dinner and gift card for new work clothes.
Leslie landed a job in late September at a large eye clinic. During that time, she furthered her education by enrolling in an online program for the next level of certification. You could find her doing homework on most of her lunch breaks. Eight months later, she became the supervisor of the eye clinic billing department.
Leslie currently lives in Grand Rapids and works at the Born Clinic full-time. Hope for Single Moms is so proud of her. She is the epitome of the single moms we move from poverty to prosperity.