How motherhood motivated me to change
Meet Angenita, a current Cara participant in the April cohort. In honor of Mother’s Day, she shares how her children motivate her to work hard and find meaningful employment.
A new opportunity…
“I have three children. A 13-year-old, an 11-year-old, and my youngest is 2 years old.
“Raising my youngest son has been a very different experience than my first two. I didn’t get to raise my first two children from birth because I was incarcerated. Now, I get that opportunity. I will be able to see one of my children grow up from the start and to be there for them. That is extremely special. I feel so blessed to have this opportunity as a mother.
“It hasn’t been an easy journey for me. I hate being unemployed and in a position where I cannot provide for my children the way that I want to. That’s what drives me to make a change.
“I feel so blessed to have this opportunity as a mother.”
What I’ve learned as a mom…
“Being a mother can be stressful sometimes, but I think it’s in my nature to be a caretaker, so I love doing it. Parenting has taught me to pause, be patient, and listen to my kids when they’re going through something. I never want to talk down to them and only want to motivate them to be successful.
On finding a job while parenting...
“I’m staying dedicated to this program for the sake of my kids. I’ve really grown here and I believe I’m really close to being placed in a job. I want others here to look at me as a leader. I try to do things like lead Motivations to set an example for others.
“Finding a job through Cara allows me to set my own standard in what I’m looking for to best support my family. I need a position during the morning shift so I can take care of my kids in the evening. It is reassuring to know that I have options that will best suit my needs as a mother.
How Cara inspires me...
“Cara has inspired me a lot. The five competencies I’ve learned here like professionalism, time management, etc. are really important to lead a successful life. I want to be able to teach my children the same things.
“I want them to continue through school and go to college. I want to have an income so I can start saving up money so I can help pay for tuition. I want to motivate them and support them. I’m excited to find employment soon so I can model success for them. I’m ready to work and support my family. I’m making the moves to get there.”