ShameccaAnayaSinCereCroppedShamecca May works hard. But no matter how hard she worked at her job at MCV, she still faced challenges balancing full time work and her family’s needs. And reliable transportation was elusive and expensive. Fortunately, Shamecca found the help she needed at one of The Partnership’s partners, Ways To Work Richmond, a division of Human Kind in Lynchburg, VA. Ways To Work is a nonprofit financial empowerment loan program, helping working families move to greater self-sufficiency with access to financial education and reliable transportation. For Shamecca, her low interest auto loan and financial plan was just what the doctor ordered.

But finding reliable, affordable quality daycare was still a roadblock along the way to self-sufficiency. Her daughter Anaya was old enough to attend Richmond Public Schools preschool, but it was very hard for Shamecca to afford quality day care for her young son Sin’Cere. Then Ways To Work referred her to the Partnership For Families. Shamecca secured one of The Partnership’s scholarships for the day care center operated by our partner VCU-HS. And that’s when things really started coming together for Shamecca’s young family.

Today, thanks to the combination of reliable transportation and quality day care, Shamecca, Anaya and Sin’Cere have never been stronger as a family. Shamecca has since gotten a better, higher paying job, and is preparing to move out of subsidized housing. Anaya is doing great at school. And Shamecca has watched Sin’Cere benefit from the high quality of child care he receives at the VCU-HS child care center. She beams with pride when she talks about Sin’Cere’s quick development in potty training, social skills and academics. There is no question in Shamecca’s mind that he will be academically and socially ready for kindergarten once that day comes. And it’s coming soon!