Gladys Jones has faced many difficulties – the sudden death of her daughter’s father, dropping out of school in the 9th grade, months of homelessness, and chronic health issues – and through her own determination and the support of our staff, Gladys is overcoming these challenges.
Gladys’ relationship with the Partnership for Families began with the help of our partner, Family Lifeline. Gladys moved into Gilpin Court with her newborn daughter, Aniyah. When the Partnership moved into the Northside Family Learning Center, Gladys and Aniyah came to the grand opening celebration and fell in love with the VCU Health Systems Child Care Center. Aniyah became one of the first children enrolled, with the help of a VCU-HS scholarship. Aniyah now attends Carver Elementary and her little brother Ka’Juan attends Gilpin Court’s preschool at FRIENDS Association for Children, another PFF partner.
Gladys found Partnership For Families through a Nurturing Parenting Class. We referred her to another of our partners, Goodwill. Goodwill helped Gladys learn basic budgeting and helped her strengthen her computer skills. There was one stumbling block, though. Not having a high school diploma seriously limited her employment opportunities. “I like working. [PFF] and Goodwill helped me see I needed to get my GED!”
Gladys’ progress has been amazing and still continues. She has earned her GED and is pursuing an Associates’ Degree program for Health Care Administration; she plans to continue school to become a Certified Nursing Assistant or a Pharmacy Technician. She continues to participate in Partnership programs and activities for herself and Aniyah. And why is Gladys known as The Captain? Because she leads the Partnership’s Street Team, a group of community volunteers whose mission is to raise awareness of the help available through the Partnership. These days, Gladys is all about giving back. And she’s just getting started!
To find out how you can help people just like Gladys and her family, call Veronica Fleming, Executive Director, at 804-353-4264, ext. 101.