Melissa, a U.S. Veteran and construction trade employee, has overcome domestic violence, homelessness and the temporary loss of her children. During one of her lowest points, she and her daughters were living in their car. Thankfully, she was able to open up to CTI’s Early Education and Care staff at the James Houlares Early Learning Center who linked Melissa to supports both within and outside of CTI including a Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing voucher and helped her find an apartment. Today, she and her daughters are still part of the CTI’s Early Education and Care program. “I would not have been able to do any of this without CTI,” says Melissa, who participates in the CTI Family Strengthening Project and Parenting Classes.
Head Start parent, Janna R. learned through her Family Service Worker about our Teacher Trainee Program. She completed the 8 month program at the The James Houlares Early Learning Center then took the Early Childhood Education course that allowed her to become Preschool Teacher Qualified through the Department of Early Education and Care. Janna is now employed by Community Teamwork and works as a part timeAssistant Preschool teacher. “I’m so thankful for the teacher trainee program because it helped me get where I am today. Now I am working as a certified teacher at Community Teamwork’s Children’s Village and I love it!