Dewanna C., St. Louis, MO

“I had been receiving SNAP benefits for a little more than 3 years. I have 7 children who are dependent on me and I had not worked in roughly 10 years. At our initial meeting, I told America Works that I hadn’t worked in a very long time, and was scared and apprehensive about rejoining the workforce. But I knew I had to make a change for my family. I had some experience working in hotels, and the program was able to find me a job at the Marriott Grand, which is a very large and busy hotel in downtown St. Louis. I instantly excelled there, and am now earning $12 hourly with the ability to earn more through performance and overtime. I have been working for over 30 days now. My ultimate goal is to be self-sufficient for myself and my family.”

—Dewanna C., St. Louis, MO