She Got by With a Little Help from Some Friends...and the JVS Adult Career Center
Renee Boone was at the end of her rope. But instead of letting go, the Elyria resident found solid ground through the Lorain County JVS Adult Career Center.
After leaving an unhappy marriage, Boone and her four children found themselves homeless. “When my husband and I separated all I walked away with was my clothes and my kids. I lost my job as a result of the separation as well,” shared Boone. So Boone and her children - Mariah, Lee’na, Pierce and Conner - moved in with her sister, Carmelia.
The door to Boone’s new career opened quickly after she completed the CBT Program. She is now employed as a Scheduling Coordinator for Dr. Thomas DiMassa, an orthodontist who operates Braces by DiMassa with offices in Westlake and Lakewood. “There was a lot of competition for the job,” Boone admitted. “I was in a room with about fifty other applicants. But I was hired after my very first interview. I know the training I received at the JVS gave me an edge.”
Boone said that her trials and tribulations have made her stronger, including surviving an electrical fire in her home in December. “The fire chief said we were lucky to be alive ... that it was the worst mess of wiring, and some of the most hazardous conditions that he’d ever seen,” she said. “It was the lowest point in my life.”
“But I knew that God had a plan for me and sure enough, thanks to my family, my friends and the JVS, my kids woke up Christmas morning to their best Christmas ever.” Adult Career Center staff members and Boone’s classmates at the JVS donated money, clothes and gift cards; a local electrician volunteered his services with the Elyria Masonic Lodge members paying for the materials; and family and friends bought her new appliances. “The presents were overflowing under the Christmas tree,” Boone said. “It was overwhelming. I cried while my mom took pictures. And whenever I’m struggling, I look at them to remind me of how blessed I really am.”
Boone also earned college credit that can be used at LCCC and still thinks about becoming a social worker. “Maybe when my children are older, but for now, I’m self-sufficient. I’m in a really good place.”