Support from CEDA Northwest can influence lives in countless different ways. Simply by using CEDA Northwest’s Food Connection Program, emergency food service, one woman has been able to save enough money to enroll in Harper College and continue her education with additional help from the Women’s Program there.
As a thirty-one year old single mother of two daughters, this United States Veteran sought help from CEDA Northwest after returning to Illinois from Georgia where she previously lived. At only age eighteen, she was sent off for her first military deployment shortly after September 11, 2001. While overseas, she maintained a close support network with her parents and a few friends.
In 2003 after her last tour, she settled in Georgia and began an education. She nearly finished, but dropped out just three credits shy of a degree. While juggling employment with the IRS for five years, and the Boy Scouts for one year, she also maintained a relationship with the father of her little girls. However, after she was laid off of work, she dissolved the relationship with her ex-boyfriend and returned to Chicago.
She decided it best to return to Illinois where her parents and siblings live to surround herself and her daughters with the best support system possible. It was here that she turned to CEDA Northwest for assistance. Utilizing CEDA Northwest’s emergency food service, helped her save enough money on the cost of food for her family to enroll at Harper College to finish pursuing her degree. Today, she attends classes and utilizes the childcare program and the various other programs Harper has to offer, all thanks to a referral and assistance from CEDA Northwest.
To learn more about or to support the Food Connection Program, please visit www.cedanorthwest.org.