Through a series of unfortunate events, two mothers found themselves single in Moab– receiving no support, with no job, no car, no money, no place to live, two kids in diapers, and not a clue what the future would bring. They came into Workforce Services seeking assistance and soon received food stamps and Medicaid.
They both searched for work and were quickly hired. Both have worked steadily ever since, for 10 years. One of them immediately earned enough to close all assistance with the state. The other still receives assistance to this date. By chance, they both found old trailers to live in inexpensively, but one is still renting and it’s not so cheap these days. The other has paid for her modest older home in full.
What made the difference in the outcome of these women’s lives? You could argue otherwise, but it boils down to one thing, and one thing only. Education.
One mother had a college education and was able to get a good-paying job. The other has worked a variety of service industry jobs that just don’t pay the bills. One now works at the same agency that assisted her when she first got to town; the other is still a customer there. How do I know? One of them is me.
I consider myself very fortunate to have a job where I can help people every day, but I wouldn’t be here were it not for the education I obtained. Education gives you options in every part of your life, starting with employment and economic opportunities, which lay the base for everything else we yearn for on this earth. Perhaps especially for women, education is the road, if not to riches, at least to independence. And it is never too late.