Samantha Myles was a single mother receiving public assistance and attending college part-time in 2010 when she received a Section 8 voucher. In hopes of developing a roadmap for her future, she joined the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program in 2011. After joining the program, Myles set up her goals to complete her Master’s Degree, get a job, get off public assistance, and enroll in the First Time Homebuyer’s Program.
“I felt like I wasn’t alone anymore. The FSS Program helped me to work towards my goals.”
Myles was already attending the cohort program through the Gardena campus to receive her Masters of Business Administration (MBA) at the University of Phoenix. Myles, however, did not accept any job offers at this time because she felt she can earn more with her Bachelor’s Degree. But, the program encouraged her to never say no to a job.
“I started as a teacher’s assistant at LAUSD making $10.75/hr, then a behaviorist making $16/hr, and I completed my CSAT and worked as a substitute teacher making $25/hr. I slowly went up the chain after accepting the first job.”
Currently, Myles works as an in-home health care provider with a company called 24 Hour Care and as a substitute teacher. She is also a supervisor at an early childhood development center.
Being self-sufficient meant a lot to Myles, especially as a single mother. “My daughter is now 12 years old. She has seen me through all this. What I am to her now is a positive example of what it means to set your goals and reach them.”
Myles next goals are to open up her own childcare center and to become a homeowner.
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