Paula was the new kid on the block. Having just moved to the area, she was feeling overwhelmed with getting into school and getting adjusted to a new place. While applying for a CNA class, she realized that this program was expensive; and she would need help. When she asked about assistance programs, the school referred her to Goodwill’s NextGen program for both financial assistance and a support system.

Paula moved to Asheville from Greenville, SC, with her family. She had always wanted to become a nurse to help people, providing the kind of care and support her mother received when she was fighting cancer.

Goodwill enabled her to realize her dream. She says: “You guys really built my confidence and also motivated me.” Paula goes on to share how impactful her NextGen case manager was for her, saying, “I’ve never really had that kind of support before, except from my mom; but my case manager really cared and gave me the support I needed!”

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