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I couldn’t believe people actually woke up excited to go to work until I started my internship at EDSI. The experience launched me out of bed every morning. I couldn’t help it; I was excited to go to work! I was excited to do what I loved with my awesome coworkers.

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Successful Youth Program Open House Hosted by EDSI at the Michigan Works! Livonia Service Center.

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In a previous blog, I wrote about how inspired I was after attending several powerful sessions on leadership, compassion and purpose at the fourth annual Positive Business Conference hosted by The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at U-M.

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On September 8, 2016, EDSI partnered with Patricia Simmons, LLMSW, from God’s Precious Treasures, a local Maternal Infant Health Program (MIHP) provider, to host Mommy/Daddy Day at the Michigan Works! Livonia Service Center’s PATH Office. MIHP provides home visitation support and care coordination for pregnant women and infants on Medicaid. Ms. Simmons conducts presentations at the Livonia PATH Office to share information about MIHP and the resources available through her agency’s team of Social Workers, Registered Nurses and Nutritionists.

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Roger Magdaleno served in the United States Army for over four years. Once he separated from the military, Roger had aspirations of becoming a truck driver. While exploring his career plan, he experienced legal problems and became incarcerated. Once released, he sought employment in a field that would give back to his community. Roger became a youth specialist in Detroit, assisting and mentoring at-risk teens. This was a valuable experience, however Roger still felt the desire to fulfill his true calling. To achieve this, he needed to obtain his CDL-A license.

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Anthony Stoutermire is now driving his 48-seat DDOT bus in a safe, cool and calm manner. He sits tall and proud. He’s made a total comeback after four years of healing from serious injury, painful physical therapy, mental health therapy and job retraining.

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Nakel Banks began participating with the WIOA Youth Program at the Livonia, Michigan Works! One-Stop location in March, 2014. She entered the program as a high school graduate in search of employment.

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Michelle Ceoux began participating in the Livonia PATH Program on November 9, 2016. When she entered the program, Michelle was employed part-time as a Medical Assistant at an urgent care facility, however she was not earning enough money to achieve self-sufficiency for herself and her family.

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When Samiha Sufyan began participating in the Livonia PATH program in February, 2016, she was facing several significant employability barriers. Samiha met with Career Development Facilitator (CDF), Dawn Mathis, and shared that she did not have a GED or diploma, a driver’s license, child care or work experience outside of the home. Despite her barriers, Samiha was determined to achieve success.

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