Nora’s Story

It’s not often we get updates long after someone has gone through a program at Mary Rigg, but we were ecstatic to hear from a former HSE and OY client. Nora’s journey started more than 15 years ago.

Growing up, Nora was a bright kid – she was in the star program at her school and got good grades, but after a toxic home environment, she had to drop out of high school and support herself. While leaving that environment was the right choice for her, Nora found herself on a path she didn’t want to be on. “I was just, you know, working dead end jobs barely making it, driving around on a suspended license and no education, really. I knew that that’s not where I wanted to be.”

Recognizing her own potential, she took the initiative by connecting with Chris an employment coach at Mary Rigg. She enrolled in HSE classes and received the financial assistance needed to get her license reinstated. Having a diploma and a reinstated license, Nora now had more opportunities to explore. Initially she started to pursue a career as a medical assistant. But life had other plans – When she started at her job eight years ago, she found her passion for IT after testing new systems for the company. Her love of problem solving and critical thinking motivated her to earn different certifications and work towards an associate’s degree in IT. If there is one word to describe Nora, it’s determined.

Nora’s determination did not stop on a professional level, it’s prevalent in her personal life as well. She provides stability for her and her son, became a first-time homeowner in 2021, and had a successful fitness transformation. And now she is guiding her niece who is in a strikingly similar situation to where Nora was. Her niece came into Mary Rigg and met with Chris – the same coach Nora worked with all those years ago. Her advice to anyone in a similar situation? “Just stay motivated and focus on your goals and anything is possible as long as you put in the time and the effort to make it happen.” We can’t wait to see what the next 15 years hold for Nora.