A single mother receiving public assistance, Belky had a large gap in her work history because she returned to school. She didn’t obtain a degree and found it difficult to gain employment because she had been absent from the workforce for several years.

The WDB provided Belky with job leads and opportunities to network with employers. During one of the networking sessions she was offered full-time employment.

Belky now works for United Way as a 211 Community Resource Advisor. For her the most significant outcome of obtaining employment was to end public assistance, and being able to afford her daughter’s needs as well as hers. “I aim to move up within United Way to improve our future,” Belky said of her goals. “I want to thank everyone at the AJCC-West Valley because without your resources and encouragement on a personal level I wouldn’t be where I am now.”