Unlike other programs, EMPath actually helps families to become self-sufficient by providing support in five key areas: family stability, well-being, education, employment, and financial management. This is the Bridge to Self-Sufficiency® model.
Mobility Mentoring® involves one-on-one meetings with a mentor. During these meetings, you review your Bridge to Self-Sufficiency and set realistic goals for each of the key areas. Each goal is assigned an incentive that is earned once your goal has been reached.
It is at these meetings that participants and their mentors discuss and address any potential barriers that may prevent us from accomplishing our goals.
One of the barriers that my mentor, Diana, helped me with while in the program was dealing with the aftermath of a house fire.
In 2013, the home that I rented with my husband and four children caught fire and left us without a place to live for five months.
Diana was able to help me find resources through the American Red Cross and access my IDA savings to help cover relocation costs. We also went over the cost of renter’s insurance, which I didn’t have at the time. I learned how affordable and easy it is to add to my motor vehicle policy.
Community group meetings are monthly meetings where participants, mentors, and staff get together for workshops and to provide a social network. The workshops are tailored to the needs of the group. This network is very valuable in that we are able to meet with each other, find commonalities, empower one another, and give valuable advice and assistance.
My family was fortunate enough to participate in the Intergen Pilot Project, which focused on Mobility Mentoring for the whole family. I was most impressed with my children’s willingness to open up about their strengths and weaknesses and abilities to set realistic goals to help them achieve academic, personal, and health successes.
We set a family goal of meeting regularly to promote responsibility for one another in our household and communicate about the type of support we need from each other.
As a CFO participant, I was able to complete two Associate Degrees from Roxbury Community College, a Bachelor’s Degree from UMass Boston, and I am currently enrolled as an MBA student at Northeastern University, where I also work.
Although I have completed the CFO program, I continue to set goals for myself. The goal that is most important to me is achieving home ownership. Owning a home symbolizes a type of stability that I have never had and that I want to give my kids. I will be buying our first home soon.
LaShauna is now a member of EMPath’s Board of Directors!
I am a single mother of two teenage boys, one who is currently in college and the other who is pursuing a career in Culinary Arts. I am a Certified Paralegal with an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice. I recently worked as a Legal Assistant for the largest minority law firm in the country.