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Meet Some of Our Students - Jamie



I left school in the 8th grade. Twenty years later in 1996 I received my G.E.D. I’ve always worked at low paying, back breaking, and unfulfilling jobs. I have two older brothers, Steven and Tommy, and one younger brother, Ray. All of them went to college. I knew I needed to do something, but I didn’t know I would end up at Onward.

 Let me start by saying that I’m a recovering alcoholic/addict. In 1998-2000 I was sent to Framingham MA Women’s prison, due to my substance abuse. After I was released, I went and found another unfulfilling job. Some friends of mine told me about the Onward Program. So I thought I might as well give this a try. Anything would be better than the job I had.

Since I came to Onward, the staff has built on any skills that I had. I really struggled when I took the placement test. In fact, I failed the first time. However, Onward was willing to let me take the test over. I did and obviously I improved because Jerry Ellis suggested going to the TLC in Bangor to improve my skills.

My first year at Onward I received the Donald Taverner Scholarship. My plans are to finish my four-year commitment that I made when I started Onward. The goal is to earn my B.S.W. and move on with my new career. It will certainly put me in the right direction to have a career/job that I enjoy working at. I know my family is quite proud that I found the courage to change a bad situation and make it better.

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