Page 11 - People Inc. Annual Report 2017
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REAL VOICES: PEOPLE MOVE OUT OF POVERTY
Customers increase educational level • Customers increase their life skills
Project Discovery: opportunity and leadership
Kaitlyn Allison was served by People Incorporated’s Project Discovery initiative for all four years of high school. She went on more than 10 campus visits and volunteered for Washington County’s Family Fun Day and Operation Christmas Child. Agency staff helped her with  nancial aid, college processes, preparation for college, and where she wanted to go after graduation.
Kaitlyn is currently attending Virginia Highlands Community College for her second Associate’s Degree. She graduated with an Associate’s degree in Arts & Science in May 2017 but decided she wanted to also get her Criminal Justice degree. She wants to continue her
education and become a police of cer or a parole of cer for youth. “I wouldn’t have known what to do without Project Discovery and I still get help whenever
I have a question,” Kaitlyn said.
Kaitlyn’s younger sister, Mackenzie, is currently in Project Discovery.
She learned about the opportunity from her sister and has participated in the program for all four years of high school. She has gone on many campus visits, after school meetings, and learned information to assist her in her graduation plans. Mackenzie is currently a senior in high school and knows that she wants to attend Blue eld College or join the military. According to Mackenzie, “Project Discovery helped me so much.”
Both Kaitlyn (right) and Mackenzie (left) will remain involved with the program by serving as members of People Incorporated’s Local Advisory Board.
REAL VOICES: PEOPLE MOVE OUT OF POVERTY
Children obtain healthcare • Children develop school readiness
A future for Caynen
Zina Crowe was referred to People Incorporated by the local Community Services Board. A Family Advocate went to her home to discuss available services with Zina for her grandson, Caynen, who is a non-verbal, autistic child. Zina decided the Early Head Start home-based program suited them best. Once enrolled, staff assisted Zina with completion of paperwork needed to establish legal custody and with applying for Social Security and other bene ts.
With assistance from People Incorporated, Zina was able to enroll Caynen in a special needs Pre-K 3 year old program to assist him with speech and occupational therapy services. Through the program, Caynen could attend Pre-K twice a week and remain in the home-based program.
After Caynen reached the age limit for the home-based program the family continued working with People Incorporated to access additional services through Comprehensive Health Investment Project (CHIP). Zina feels she has been provided many tools to assist with Caynen’s future. Zina says that, “Without People Incorporated, I don’t know what I would have done.”
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