‘I know God will be there’

“I thought good things weren’t possible for someone like me,” LifeWorks graduate Carrie says. But God used Jobs Partnership and its network of partners to change Carrie’s thinking – and her life.

“Two years ago, I was sitting in a prison cell, lost and hopeless and sure I had messed up my life beyond repair,” Carrie says. After she rededicated her life to Christ, though, things started to change.

She was released from prison and moved into Lydia House, a transitional home for previously incarcerated women and a ministry of First Baptist Orlando. Through Lydia House, Carrie enrolled in LifeWorks at the West Orange Dream Center training site. 4 Rivers hired Carrie full time, and 1-800-Charity Cars gave Carrie a car at her fall 2021 LifeWorks graduation. Each of these organizations is a valued JP partner. Carrie also works for JP as a part-time site coordinator.

Carrie has her own apartment now, and hopes to regain custody of her son and niece and share her new home with them. She plans to return to school to become a speech-language pathology assistant.

“Even though I know there will be trials and things will be difficult, I know God will be there and provide exceedingly above and beyond what I can ask or imagine,” Carrie says.

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