2Gether is a program that will provide single mothers the opportunity to gain training, certifications or education towards meeting their career goals while also working to strengthen the relationship between mother and child. Support will be provided for investing in quality child care and education for children and a focus on curriculum with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). What makes this opportunity unique is that we are not focusing on either/or child and parent, but 2Gether is initiating a Two-Generation approach for whole families together.
What is Two-Gen?
A Two-Generation program believes that people of all ages and life stages have the potential to grow, learn, and change. It ensures that the whole family is able to build a strong future for themselves at the same time, through a program that includes both mothers and their children and values and supports the goals of mother and child equally. In this way, the whole family is able to reach educational and career goals, build stronger social connections, and strengthen the wellbeing of their family for the current generations and generations to come!
Going the Extra Mile
Donyelle is part of the 2gether program and has two young boys age 3 and under. The Community Action Partnership’s Navigation team has been helping coach her towards reaching her goal of being a daycare center director. Recently her car started to give her trouble and with two young boys needing to get to daycare, and all her responsibilities, a trustworthy car is important.
She went around to get a few quotes and they all came back unexpectedly really high. She was afraid that she was being taken advantage of for being a single woman with a car issue. After going to four different places, she finally found a mechanic who took the time to really listen to her. She said he was the first person to actually drive her car and listen to the issues.
He told her that he could fix the things that the other mechanics said were issues, but that he wanted to be honest with her that he wasn’t sure that was the problem, and she might spend $2,000 only to have the transmission go out, which is what he thought the issue was.
With this information, we were able to help Donyelle process the need for a new car. We put requests out to the community through church and social connections of staff members, seeking advice on quality used car dealers in the area that had trustworthy reputations and quality cars for under $10,000. However, this was going to be a steep price for her and she would have to take out a car payment loan.
Unexpectedly, we got an email from a community member — Mary Jensen, Associate Provost at Eastern Mennonite University – Lancaster, expressed that it felt like destiny. She was thinking about getting a new car and the timing of the email felt like it was a Divine prompt for her to take that step. She gifted her used Toyota Camry to the 2gether participant directly. Only a few days prior to this donation, the participant’s car literally left her and her son’s stranded on the side of the road when it has finally broken down for good. So, having a car lined up to be able to donate to this family was beyond perfect!
We’re grateful to be a part of such a giving community and hopeful to see Donyelle go the extra mile and complete the program.
To support the 2gether initiative, a program of Navigation, click here.
About Community Action Partnership (CAP) of Lancaster County
The Community Action Partnership is Lancaster County’s largest anti-poverty organization, helping low-income families move toward economic empowerment. CAP’s service profile interrupts inter-generational poverty with programs that support families and individuals at every age and place in life, in the areas of education and child development, health and nutrition, household stability, and safety and empowerment. For more information, visit https://caplanc.org.