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Last week in the Great Hall of the Massachusetts State House more than 100 Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) clients were honored by Commissioner Jeff McCue for taking a positive step on their own personal path to self-sufficiency. These individuals have all been served by DTA programs that help provide job training, education, and other skills to help low-income individuals and families break out of poverty and gain financial independence.

Commissioner of DTA, Jeff McCue delievers opening remarks

Commissioner of DTA, Jeff McCue delievers opening remarks

Each day people walk through DTA’s doors facing incredibly difficult times, and are in need of basic supports. They are also looking for services that will help them eventually be able to care for their families without the aid of DTA. Everyone honored had a personal story; here are three that were shared at the event.

Javani told us about purpose. She said that it was purpose that drove her to apply for assistance from DTA, and then enroll in the Employment Services Program. She told us that purpose is what will continue to drive each of us to gain even more success in the future. Javani gained employment at DTA and recently transferred to an essential central office unit.

30626856085_1a73c4f56a_zTanisha shared a story about how her young son’s medical issues led to her taking a year away from the workforce and her education. She came to DTA for help, but also with a desire to work in human services to help those who faced similar situations to herself. She began an internship with DTA and learned from her new colleagues. She gained new skills and built on her experiences to prepare herself for her chosen career path. Tanisha is now working for the Commonwealth, and is scheduled to graduate with her bachelor’s degree this spring. 

Khionna talked about the ups and downs she has faced, and how what she wanted was a better life for her son, which brought her to DTA. Khionna told the crowd that with hard work and perseverance you can overcome life’s challenges. For Khionna, her new job at Goodwill means she no longer receives DTA benefits due to her earnings.

The individuals who spoke, as well as every individual who was honored are all working to make a better life for themselves and their families. These inspirational stories show what can happen with hard work and the right resources.

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