Jamie* is a driven mother, steadfast in her commitment to create a better life for herself and her young daughter in a safe and secure home.
But Jamie struggled to find a job that allowed her to independently support her daughter. She wanted to be able to send her little one to a daycare of her choice and spend more time connecting with her family who live states away.
As a young girl, Jamie always pretended that the steering wheel on her neighborhood playground was that of a bus—not a race car, nor a ship. She confided in her advocate that she had dreamed of being a DC Metrobus driver since she was a child. Jamie’s mom is an expert on all the routes, and Jamie watched as her mom adeptly navigated the bus system, and helped her family and friends do the same.
To become a bus driver, she had to secure a commercial license, which is a challenging process. She came up short the first time and wondered if it was a sign that she should let it go and pursue a different path forward. Jamie’s MSP advocate kept in close contact as the test approached, reminded her of how hard she’s worked, and encouraged her to give it another try.
On her next go, Jamie passed the test and landed the job! It’s a true childhood dream come true—and, importantly, boosts her self-confidence, increases her financial stability, allows her to provide her daughter with more experiences, and lets them spend more quality time with family.
*Name changed for security