We have worked with over 300 participants since 2012 and invested over $900,000 in grants to fund education, housing, childcare, transportation or other needs that serve as barriers to economic independence. Our participants each have unique challenges and their individual stories are compelling. Here are some stories of a few individuals who are working hard to reach their goals.
Tyler is a former foster child who was eventually raised by his grandmother. He graduated with honors from a Community College and received a scholarship to a state University. After working to pay most of his own expenses, he still had a substantial funding gap per year and received a grant from The ELM Foundation to help pay for tuition and housing. He graduated in 2017 with a degree in logistics and now works for a company in Georgia.
Precious was homeless after coming to the US from Africa. She graduated from high school while earning money by doing hair for friends. After living with a local family, she was referred to ELM and we were able to help her apply for college and provide a grant for tuition and housing. She will graduate in Accounting in December.
Adam is an adult student who had exhausted all financial aid. He has a wife and three small children. He was attending college majoring in engineering. After referral from a community partner, The ELM Foundation collaborated with the agency and provided a grant to fund his tuition so he could stay in school. He graduated in 2017 and went to work for a local engineering firm.
Chelsie struggled to support her three children after leaving an abusive marriage. The ELM Foundation helped her find employment, fund childcare so she could go to work, and provided tuition assistance so she could complete her degree. She also needed help navigating the legal system to finalize the divorce and get child support Our case manager's unique background gave her the help she needed.
Messie immigrated to the United States and was abandoned by her abusive husband. The ELM Foundation provided her with a housing grant for Messie and her son, Josias. A tuition grant also helped her complete her RN degree at a community college. She was recently able to purchase her own home. Josias graduated from high school and received a scholarship to Amherst where he is majoring in premed.