Failure is not the alternative to success,” says Shanteria. “It’s something to be avoided, but it’s only a temporary setback on a bigger, more significant course. What truly matters is how you react to and learn from that failure.” Shanteria’s ability to learn from her mistakes gives her a resilience we love. When she realized that leaving Wisconsin Works early was a big mistake, she came back from it more motivated than ever. As a result, her dreams are coming true.
After moving to Wisconsin from the deep south, Shanteria learned about W-2 from her mother. While reluctant to enroll, she soon realized “I had to do something quick to make sure my son had everything he needed.” At the time, she didn’t see much value in the program’s activities and she soon went back to her old routine.
It didn’t take long, however, before she realized that “jumping in and out of jobs just to keep the money flowing” wouldn’t get her the life she truly wanted.
Shanteria decided to give W-2 another try, determined to give the program a chance. This time, “I met such amazing caseworkers that let me know they were going to help me with every goal I needed to meet.” Together, they arranged childcare, found transportation, and put her on the path to steady income.
Today, Shanteria’s earned her driving permit and has been accepted into CNA classes. She’s hoping this will be the start of a new career. Looking at all she has accomplished, she says “all thanks to Angela Threets and Kayla Crain and the rest of the FSC team. I don’t know what I would have done without you all.”
You’ve come a long way, and we’re so happy to work with you! Congratulations, Shanteria!