Pictured: Monique Henry and Kim Moore,
Washington County Neighborhood Service Center Coordinator
Monique Henry was a single mother of three with two boys still at home. She was working as a certified nursing student at the Johnson City Medical Center on an "as needed" basis. To say she was strugling would be putting it mildly. Monique had diffuculty paying her utility bills and could not afford food or clothing for her boys, or even the most basic necessities. Monique dreamed of becoming self-sufficient, and she knew that one of the first things she must do was increase her income.
Monique had utilized Upper East Tennessee Human Development Agency's services in the past, so she contacted the Washington County Neighborhood Service Center to see if there were any programs that could help with her situation. Kim Moore, the Program Coordinator, enrolled Monique in the 121 Program and Monique's success story began.
The 121 (Eye to Eye) Program is an initiative which offers individuals and families pathways to long-term stability, security and hope for the future. It is designed to work closely with clients as they improve their lives; reaching for self-sufficiency.
Through the 121 Program, UETHDA assisted in the purchase of Monique's school supplies and provided weekly stipends for the purchase of gas to get to and from school. As she worked towards her
Licensed Practical Nursing Diploma, Monique experienced many obstacles. When her eldest son turned 18, her rent payments were increased. Although her son was still in high school, the low-income housing complex indicated that "once a child turns 18 they should be employed and helping with living expenses regardless of whether they have graduated from high school or not." UETHDA assisted Monique with her past-due rent. A dependable vehicle was a necessity for Monique. After falling behind in her monthly payments, Monique's vehicle was repossed. Because she was enrolled in the 121 Program, UETHDA aided Monique in catching up her car payments and getting her vehicle returned.
Monique received her LPN Diploma from the Tennessee College of Applied Technology. Once she passes the State Board Exam, Monique would like to secure employment at the VA and eventually return to school to obtain her RN license. Monique said, "My nursing philosophy is to treat every patient as if they were your grandmother -- with patience, love and respect. What you put out into the universe has a boomerang affect...it will come back to you ten-fold."