On Wed. Feb 8, 2017, the DHA hosted 2 new Family Self-Sufficiency Program Graduates; Ms. Maronica Gibson and Ms. Demikkia Dixon to speak at their monthly staff meeting.
DHA Executive Director, Kenneth Coles, presented the opening remarks. He pronounced the FSS Program graduates as a high point of good news. Barbara Chen, DHA Finance Director, agreed and commented that the FSS program lets clients know we are connected to them more than just by paperwork. "Your success is our success. Thank you for your achievements".
Ms. Dixon was first to speak on her experience while in the FSS program. She is a DHA voucher holder and while here in the DHA office she noticed FSS flyers and decided to call them for information. Suffering job loss and amid hard situations she signed up for the program. The staff encouraged her throughout her progress and she secured employment and received raises. She is moving forward toward her goals of saving money and home ownership.
The next graduate to address the group was Ms. Gibson. Moving back to DuPage County from Tennessee with her children and no job made her realize she needed to get on track. After joining the FSS program she was able to accomplish goals. The FSS program provided her with both the confidence and confirmation on knowing what she needed to do to move forward. Ms. Gibson feels truly grateful and blessed to be where she is now.
Mr. Coles concluded that the DHA staff is here to continue to lend support.