rashaia’s story

Rashaia had a lot on her plate when she came to Blueprints in March 2017. Not only was she the single mother of a one-year-old daughter, but her son was due in July and she was having some minor health issues with her pregnancy. She had no driver’s license, no high school diploma, past debts and no childcare for her daughter. Rashia was completely unmotivated to make any changes. She admits now that she was very angry that she was referred to Blueprints for its Work Ready program. “I tried everything to try to get out of attending,” she said. Once Blueprints helped coordinate daycare for her daughter, she had no choice but to attend the program. Once she began Work Ready, Rashia was also enrolled in Blueprints’ Adult Education program. She also attended driver’s preparation practice and participated in community service projects. With the assistance of her Adult Education…

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mark’s story

Mark V. always struggled with managing his money before he came to Blueprints. If he could give any advice to his younger self, it would be to save part of his income when he was a truck driver. When he lost his job as a truck driver, Mark had nothing to his name.  He became involved in criminal activities and was incarcerated for nine months. After his release, he was living at the City Mission’s homeless shelter when he came to Blueprints for help with getting an apartment. Mark participated in Blueprints’ Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program funded by Washington County Human Services through the PA Department of Community & Economic Development.  Through ESG, some homeless clients can have their rent and/or utilities paid for them as they work towards housing self-sufficiency. While Blueprints was able to pay Mark’s rent, Mark would deposit the amount that would normally go toward…

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brent’s story

Brent, a local high school student, wanted to build his future. His OVR transition counselor and school district referred Brent to Blueprints’ Work Based Learning Experiences (WBLE) program, which Blueprints offers in partnership with The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation. Work Based Learning Experiences are designed to assist 14-21 year old high school students with disabilities with 90-hour paid placements with local employers in the community.  The students receive valuable work experience, along with an hourly stipend and realize their potential to succeed upon high school graduation. Next, Brent’s caseworker Lee, scheduled an initial appointment with Brent and his family.  When they met, Brent was willing to try any type of placement because it was going to be his first time working on his own.  Lee had recently met with a company called Sunny Bridge Natural Foods. Brent’s family was interested in this placement because it was close to Brent’s high…

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Shelly’s story

Though she grew up in Washington County, Shelly traveled a long way to get to Blueprints. A single mother of a one-year-old boy, she returned home from St. Louis, Missouri, and moved in with her family in Washington County after separating from her child’s father. While in St. Louis, she had completed a culinary training program.

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Richard’s Story

Richard B., former Blueprints client, single father, and longtime resident of Washington County, Pennsylvania moved out of a local public housing community, Jollick Manor, after five years and purchased a new home in the City of Washington on September 29th, 2017.

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Faithlynn’s Story

Blueprints would like to introduce you to Faithlynn. Not only is Faithlynn a former student from our Head Start Program but her parents were the first graduates of our Assets for Independence Program. Her family received a $4,000 match for the $2,000 they saved to purchase their first home. In this picture, Faithlynn is standing next to her family’s SOLD sign!

Taylor’s Story

When Taylor first started Pre-K I was not concerned about him academically, what concerned me was his social interaction with the other children. He tends to play by himself or his brother and usually hesitates in group work projects. I am happy to report that at the end of this school year he has become more interactive than I could have ever imagined.

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Darren’s Story

When I resigned from Blueprints in 2008 because I had just given birth to my son, Darren, the Pre-K program was brand new to the agency. I kept my eye on the program as he grew from infant to toddler to preschooler and was convinced that we would absolutely take advantage of the program if the opportunity arose. Fortunately, my family was given that chance and we were thrilled to get our acceptance letter last spring. I knew first hand of the quality programming that Blueprints had to offer and was excited for Darren to start.

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Colton’s Story

I feel that this program has really prepared Colton for kindergarten. He’s become familiar with a routine; he can say and recognize his alphabet and numbers. We play a game each week with the letter he’s learned. We each take a turn naming foods, things, places that begin with that letter. He can also figure out words that rhyme together and we make up a funny riddle. He also loves to read, or try to. He can make up an entire story with a problem that’s solved. He’s more attentive than before.I would recommend everyone to join the Pre-K program.

Christy Spitznogle, Pre-K Parent from Waynesburg Central High School
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Heidi’s Story

Heidi has developed social skills; she has become more interactive with others, being less shy. Heidi’s self-esteem and confidence has grown in the last past year.The Pre-K program has given us great feedback and ideas to aid in Heidi’s development. We like that the program has allowed Heidi to be with children her own age. WE feel Heidi has developed structure through this program. She has also learned to try and experience new things, which help us in our daily lives.

We are very happy and satisfied with her teachers and the Pre-K program.

Jeannette Walsh, Pre-K Parent from Washington Park
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