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Ariel’s Story

With EMERGE’s help, I became a CNA


Before I got to EMERGE, I really didn’t think that I would be able to do what I wanted to do. I wanted so badly to go to school, but I didn’t see any way that I could get an education.

I had just gone through a really difficult time in my life. I had spent three months in the hospital, and I felt like I had lost all my dreams and goals.

I had even had to go to on public assistance, which was difficult for me.

Then a friend told me about EMERGE. The first time I walked into EMERGE, I knew it was a good place. Everyone was friendly and helpful there, beginning with the receptionist. Once they heard what I wanted to do, I got encouragement from everyone. They welcomed me with open arms.

With EMERGE’s help, I became a CNA. I got a job even before I finished the program. I never thought I would be able to reach this goal, but I did.

Now, working in a nursing home and being able to help people is a joy in itself. But I want more education, and I’m working with Mohamed at EMERGE to plan my future. I plan to study more and go on to LPN and then to become a Registered Nurse.

I have a five year old daughter, and I want her to know that education is more important than anything. Without education she won’t be able to reach her goals. I learned at EMERGE that you can find the support you need.

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