Alexandra Favors was Searching for a New Life
Alexandra Favors enrolled in the AEP/PATH program at the Livonia Michigan Works! on October 10th, 2015. She had recently relocated to Westland, Michigan from Florida, and along with learning how to navigate a new area, Alexandra had a transportation barrier that was affecting her ability to secure employment. At her PATH orientation, Alexandra met with EDSI’s staff to discuss her employment goals and develop a plan to achieve them. She recognized that she needed to obtain a Michigan driver’s license, and she received PATH supportive services funds in order to do this. Alexandra also utilized EDSI’s van shuttle service to travel to the PATH office for job readiness activities. Resolving her transportation barrier moved Alexandra closer to her goal of employment.
Taking full advantage of the services provided within the PATH program, Alexandra met with staff to update her resume and prepare for potential interviews, and her Career Development Facilitator (CDF) referred her to attend a job fair. Alexandra later expressed that “I was a little unsure about attending, but I ended up taking my fabulous resume to one of the recommended career fairs. I was a little discouraged, but my CDF, Courtney, encouraged me to try. So with an optimistic mind I went, and surprisingly, afterwards I received several interviews and job offers. One of which I finally accepted. It has a great schedule, pay rate, and the option to be promoted quickly.” Alexandra began working at the Royal Hotel and Convention Center in Dearborn, Michigan as a part of the sales administration team on October 19, 2015. She has a full-time position with benefits and a wage that she is satisfied with.
In November, Alexandra applied for supportive service funds in order to purchase a vehicle. Her request was approved, and when she arrived at our office to pick up her check, Alexandra shared the following thoughts about her PATH experience: “I could not be more pleased with myself or my CDF, Courtney. She motivated me to keep trying, and sometimes that voice and support from someone else is all we need. Today, I am a single mom of three small boys, working full-time as a Sales Admin at a nice hotel. I now have a single family home and soon will have a vehicle thanks to the PATH program! I can’t say that it has been an easy process, but coming out of a divorce and from another state with next to nothing, it is a breath of fresh air to have a program like PATH on my side. I am truly grateful for all the help, resources, time and effort put into making me self-sufficient, career-ready and able to stand back on my own two feet!”