LORAIN — Lorain County Community Action Agency congratulated the first three graduates of its newest program Thursday morning.
Sherri Bennett, of Lorain, and Maygan Hulbert and Silvia Macovetchi, both of Elyria, received the first certificates in the Getting Ahead program. The graduation took place in the agency’s administrative office at 936 Broadway.
Hulbert and Macovetchi became fast friends in the program after learning the first day they both have twins and an older child, all boys. After graduation, they plan to stay in touch.
Getting Ahead helps people living in poverty build resources for a more prosperous life for themselves, their families and their communities, according to its website. Twice a week for eight weeks, from late July to early September, the participants met in a group setting to open up with each other to find their strengths, learn skills to become financially secure and to reach personal goals.
The women learned how to deal with stress and real-world obstacles in work and business.
“The resources that you have within yourself, you own them and you learn how to reclaim it,” Hulbert said.
The women said they owed a lot to their program facilitator, Amy Steele, for her attention and dedication.
One skill Steele taught them was to avoid feeling alone in the world when there are so many organizations and people who can help. Steele said she was extraordinarily proud of her graduates. She said her class is a room with no judgment.
“My room is completely stress-free. You can tell me anything you want; it will never go out of that room,” she said.
The program initially kicked off in May, but no one graduated from the first round of participants.
With their new certificates, the women hope to improve their lives and earn more money. Hulbert said she hopes to use what she learned to start a food-truck business.
Steele said the agency plans to start another class session Oct. 3. For more information about the program, call Steele at (440) 204-3121 or visit www.lccaa.net/ programs/gettingahead.