A new beginning
The 29-year-old moved to Hanover this past April, seeking out more affordable housing options.
At the time, she didn’t really know anyone in the area and was struggling to make ends meet. A friend told her about a program that helped local residents become certified nursing assistants (CNAs). It was run through New Hope Ministries, a nonprofit that receives funding from the United Way of York County.
After years of working unsatisfying retail jobs and relying on friends and family for help, Chantel was ready for a change. She wanted to be able to provide for her kids on her own.
“When my mom had to go back home, I had to step up and do things I hadn’t done for a while, like be a mom and work,” Chantel says.
She contacted New Hope.
The nonprofit introduced Chantel to its Stability and Workforce Development program, which helps individuals and families find more long-term financial independence.
Chantel has taken advantage of the GED program and received a grant to pursue a CNA degree at Harrisburg Area Community College. New Hope has also helped her pay for things like electric bills and fees associated with getting a Pennsylvania driver’s license.
Overall, New Hope Ministries has helped keep Chantel afloat as she shores up her future.