Thanks to the mentorship, job skills and training your support provided, Rebecca—a Hope Builders healthcare training academy graduate—has achieved an incredible transformation!
“My mom passed away when I was 6 months pregnant. I applied to Hope Builders to make her proud.”
After graduating from high school Rebecca started working as a server. A few years later, after she learned she was pregnant, she expressed an interest in becoming a manager at her restaurant. Her boss told her that “she couldn’t make it as a mom.”
She began to dream of other career opportunities. When she accompanied her mom to her next doctor’s appointment—just as she’d done several times over the six years of her illness—inspiration struck. “As I helped my mom navigate another doctor’s office, I realized this is my passion—I liked helping people” Rebecca recalls. “Sadly, my mom passed away when I was 6 months pregnant. I applied to Hope Builders to make her proud.”
“Hope Builders has changed my life. I’m so proud of what I’ve accomplished. I am forever grateful.”
Last May, Rebecca enrolled in Hope Builders’ healthcare training program. She and her baby girl rented a room from her grandparents to make her goal of attending Hope Builders viable. Rebecca finished training In August and completed her 160-hour practicum with Memorial Care, getting hands-on training in a real-world setting. Memorial Care hired her permanently in September. She now earns $16.36 per hour with full benefits working as a medical assistant.
Rebecca continues to excel: she recently celebrated her six-month retention milestone and received a raise in recognition of her performance. Personally she is also thriving. She no longer qualifies for government assistance and she and her daughter moved into their own one-bedroom apartment, where they can enjoy their own space. “Hope Builders has changed my life. I’m so proud of what I’ve accomplished. I am forever grateful,” Rebecca shared.
Thank you for your ongoing commitment to Hope Builders. Your generosity strengthens Orange County and launches careers for young adults like Rebecca.