Shanna Ray, a Queensbridge resident, was unemployed and had a strong desire to continue contributing to her household income. Shanna enrolled in Urban Upbound’s Workforce Development program and worked with a career counselor to revise her resume and sharpen her interviewing skills. When Shanna was job ready, her career counselor referred her to a position at Marshalls where she passed the pre-screening and employer interview and was hired. Shanna has been with Marshalls for a year and was recently promoted.
Shanna also took advantage of Urban Upbound’s free tax services to prepare her taxes and in the process discovered she owed taxes from her previous job. She was referred to Urban Upbound’s Financial Fitness program where she received assistance from a financial counselor to set up a budget, apply for income support, and enroll in a payment plan for the taxes she owed.
After participating in Urban Upbound’s Workforce Development, Tax, and Financial Fitness programs, Shanna is better prepared to continue working towards her goals of financial independence and career success.