Tuesday, November 13, 2018
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Success Stories

The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program of Franklin-Vance-Warren Opportunity, Incorporated serves the residents of Franklin and Vance counties with rental assistance.
Tracy Williams is a Section 8 recipient that was enrolled in the HCV Family Self-Sufficiency Program.  The Family self-sufficiency (FSS) is a HUD program that encourages communities to develop local strategies to help voucher families obtain employment that will lead to economic independence and self-sufficiency.Ms. Williams is a single mother of two children.  She participated in the FSS for seven years and was able to save monies in her escrow account held by Franklin-Vance-Warren Opportunity, Incorporated.  An interest-bearing FSS escrow account is established by the PHA for each participating family. An escrow credit, based on increases in earned income of the family, is credited to this account by the PHA during the term of the FSS contract. Ms. Williams has a dream of homeownership and is currently in the process of making her dream a reality.  Ms. Williams will be using the funds from her escrow account to realize her dream of homeownership by satisfying debts, purchasing needed appliances and using the savings towards her home purchase. Currently, Ms. Williams is working with the Homeownership staff of F-V-W to assist her in improving her credit scores through credit counseling.  Assisting Ms. Williams in improving her credit will make her creditworthy to receive a loan to purchase a home. Also with a higher credit score she will have more buying power and options available.  Through the Homeownership Education Program of Franklin-Vance-Warren Opportunity, Incorporated, Ms. Williams has earned a "Home Buyer's Certificate."
Ms. Williams is a positive example of how a Section 8 recipient can utilize the resources of the HCV Section 8 assistance program to gain independence, self-sufficiency and homeownership.
-Sharon A. Sneed, Assisted Housing/HR Director


Family Success

Estherose Rogers Yarbrough attended the Kittrell Head Start Center. She attended Vance County Schools and received a Bachelor's of Art from North Carolina Central University and Teacher's Certification from Saint Augustine's College. She has worked with the state of North Carolina in several capacities; North Carolina Agriculture and Technical State University, North Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation, and currently with North Carolina Department of Commerce, Division of Workforce Solutions.

Erika Faucette, is the daughter of Estherose Rogers Yarbrough. Erika attended the Kittrell Head Start Center. She attended Vance County Schools, and furthered her education at North Carolina Agriculture and Technical State University. She received a Bachelor's of Art in English/Technical Writing, and a Master's of Art in Adult Education. She is currently attending Cappella University. She will receive a PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. She is employed with Guilford Technical Community College where she teaches English.

Everett Faucette is the son of Estherose Rogers Yarbrough. He attended Kittrell Head Start Center. He attended Vance County Schools. He is currently a junior at North Carolina Central University. His major is Public Health.

Evin Faucette is the son of Estherose Rogers Yarbrough. He attended Kittrell Head Start Center. He attended Vance County Schools. He is currently working with Sherwin Williams as he prepares to join the United States Air Force.

Estherose remembers her time with Kittrell Head Start as a wonderful experience full of great memories and caring staff. Estherose expresses that she is grateful for the opportunity for her and her children.


Nancy O'Geary: An Opportunity That "Could Not Be Ignored."

When talks of a plant closing began swirling at Purolator in Henderson, NC, Nancy O'Geary felt it was time to start investigating her career options. Having worked for over 34 years at the same company, she wasn't even sure where to begin.

Around this time, she spotted a headline in the local paper that read: "Women seeking high-tech careers get good news." Nancy says a statement like that "could not be ignored." The article went on to describe an experimental program which provided career pathway development, educational assistance and networking opportunities for rural women seeking careers in healthcare, biotechnology and hi-tech manufacturing.

After attending an informational session, she knew the Women's Economic Equity (WEE) Project at Franklin-Vance-Warren Opportunity, Inc., was the answer to her dilemma. Not only would the program help her pay for school, but it provided her with an opportunity to meet a new and diverse group of women who could identify with her discouragement in her career and the need for change.

Over the next five years, Nancy received training in several areas, including bioprocessing, medical coding & billing and health unit coordination - all with the assistance of the WEE Project. She ultimately found her niche in occupational therapy assistance and graduated with honors from Durham Technical Community College in May 2012.

After graduation, Nancy once again enlisted the services of the WEE Project to aid in her job search. Today, she is happily working as an Occupational Therapy Assistant for a local nursing home. At her recent graduation from the WEE Project, Nancy imparted this wisdom to new program participants: "You can do it! Whatever your career goals are...you can reach them. Take full advantage of the resources available to you to make your life what you want it to be." Nancy credits the WEE Project with helping her find and fulfill her passion to help others in a promising and lucrative career.


Nancy O'Geary (right) receives her graduation certificate from WEE Project Case Manager Stephanie Henderson (left).

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