Help, Hope and Opportunity

Alexis Harris (left) and CSBG's Devona Howell
Alexis Harris personifies what happens when people get the kind of help, hope and opportunity CAA offers. Two years ago, Alexis decided she wanted her daughter out of a regular day care and into a quality learning environment. She sought out Head Start, a curriculum she knew she could trust. While Head Start brought Alexis to the doors of CAA, another program would be the springboard to a life that she now considers “on track.”  
A single mom and expecting a second child, Alexis also signed up with Head Start’s Pregnant Moms Program. When she lost her job and was forced to move back home, CAA case managers’ who admired her determination to do better for herself, referred her to the Roosevelt Housing program.  In December of 2011, Alexis was able to move into a Roosevelt apartment.  “I was excited” she said. Finally, a place to call her own, with two bedrooms and one and a half baths. No more living with Mom. 

Next, Alexis needed to set goals – something the Roosevelt program requires – and at the top of her list was a job to help support her family. In search of employment Alexis often wound up at Kelly Services, a temp agency.  One day, the manager at Kelly offered Alexis administrative work at the agency office. After four months she was given a raise and gradually more responsibility.  Today at 29, Alexis is one of the supervisors responsible for helping other people find jobs. “I always said I want to be sitting on the other side of the table (at Kelly) and that’s where I am now.”

Life just keeps getting better; someone at her church offered Alexis a deal on a car she couldn’t refuse, she’s working toward a degree in Psychology and Human Development from the Union Institute and University and she is an active member of the Head Start Parent Board.  “Alexis is an inspiration. She knows where she wants to go and what she wants out of life. She’s a good example for the other women in the program,” said Devona Howell, Roosevelt Housing Family Services Case Manager.

Alexis is due to transition out of the two year program in December. When asked about how the future looks Alexis said, “Super bright - I’m going to have to wear sunglasses.”
For more information on the Roosevelt Housing program contact Devona Howell at ext 1115.