When she was walked into Michigan Works! Frances did not have housing and was living out of her truck. She had been trying to make it as a waitress, but her struggles with drug and alcohol use were overwhelming. Frances often found herself in dangerous situations.
When her mother died, Frances had an epiphany. She knew she had to make a major life change or accept the possibility of facing her own death. Frances’ brother had earned a CDL A with Michigan Works! assistance and Frances felt that following his footsteps could be the right path for her.
With guidance of the Career Planner, Frances completed assessments, the planning steps and collection of necessary documents. Eligible for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funding, she attended truck driver training. Frances experienced some setbacks during this time but also successfully completed a substance use rehab program and earned a CDL A certification in February of 2022.
Frances now reports that she is enjoying a stable life and a fulfilling career as an over-the-road truck driver earning up to $1,200 per week. She is experiencing travel, supporting her children, and saving money for a bright future. Frances credits her Career Planner, Amy, and the grace of God for giving her a second chance at life through a meaningful career path that will sustain her family and give her hope for the years to come.