Johanny Nuñez was referred to FII by a medical staffer at her hospital when she was pregnant with her second child several years ago. She had just moved from Dorchester to Cambridge and found herself with no employment, an empty apartment, no license, no car, and a desire to pursue a college education. Every month, she attended her family cohort meetings where the members motivated one another to identify goals, report out on progress and find further inspiration to keep moving forward.
At first, the partnership represented simple relief – receiving resources from FII, she was able to pay bills and address living costs. She learned how to handle her credit cards more effectively and she started to build credit. Over time, as she engaged in activities with her own FII cohort as well as others, she began to see the value in building community and strengthening her network.
It all began with three goals. But after having achieved those three, she set three more and hit the repeat button.
Johanny got not one job, but two; she bought a minivan for her family; and she enrolled in school and attained her Associate’s degree. She is currently working as a family counselor for a community organization and is studying at Lesley University, where she is pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Art Therapy. But her plans don’t stop there – next up is a Master’s degree. Through hard work and the momentum created through the FII partnership, she was able to set and reach her goals. And she has learned that the sky’s the limit.